Is It Worth It?
PlayerMaker by Uno for kids—review by a soccer mom and a thirteen-year-old soccer player
PlayerMaker is a motion sensor that is strapped to the player’s soccer boots , where it records and analyzes their movements and sends the data to the app installed on their phone. The insights it displays—distance covered, speed of kicks, number of possessions, and more—are saved and analyzed.
My thirteen-year-old aspiring soccer player had been asking for the PlayerMaker kit and app for a long time. It’s an expensive toy, and I was reluctant to buy it. Why would a thirteen-year-old boy need such an expensive device, used previously only by professionals?
But my boy is persistent and he kept asking for it. He said there were a few other kids on the team who had it, and that it was really important for him to know his stats so he could improve them. He said it would help him get ahead in the game.
I resisted for a few months, but finally, I agreed to buy the PlayerMaker. After all: what cannot be measured cannot be improved, right?
We ordered the PlayerMaker online from the official site. It arrived quickly, and since then, my son has worn it to every practice and every game. He says it teaches him a lot and gives him valuable data.
Other than his personal stats, there’s a “Leaderboard” where one can see the stats of other players who are using the app all around the world. I can tell this feature stresses him out a bit. Can’t tell you much more than that about the stat screens because I’m not allowed to touch his phone!
Soccer mom’s score: 8 (Only because of the price)
It’s really easy to use the PlayerMaker. I wear it at training and at games. Once you take the sensors out of their case and insert them in the straps on your soccer cleats, it starts to record automatically. When you’re done playing, you take them off and put them back in the case, and the session ends automatically.
When I get back home, I open the app on my iPhone. After it finishes “scanning” to get the data from the sensor, it asks me if it was a game or a training and a few more questions.
When it’s a game and I haven’t played the whole time (for example, if we had a break), it somehow knows about the pauses.
Wearing the sensor is really comfortable. It does not interfere with the game, I don’t feel it at all on my feet—I sometimes forget that I have the straps on at all.
It gives me statistics about my game so I can be aware of them and improve them. For me, the most important thing is to know how much I run in games, how much time I had the ball, how many touches, and which leg I used.
I think it was an important purchase that will definitely improve my game.
Soccer player’s score: 10