playertek user guide

Get started with PlayerTek
and sync your first session

Your Playertek Kit

PlayerTek is the world’s first GPS-enabled, competition-grade performance wearable designed specifically for footballers who want to personally track how they are performing.

Created with the same technology and apparel used by professional athletes and teams, your PlayerTek kit contains the following items:

playertek pod and vest

Setting Up Playertek

Time To Up Your Game!

Step 1

Start by charging your PlayerTek pod. To do this, plug one end of the USB cable into the pod and the other end into the wall or a powerstrip via an adapter. It is best not to charge your pod through a laptop or a computer.

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The middle red light means
the pod is charging.

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When the light turns green,
it’s fully charged.

Step 2

Download the PlayerTek app. You can find the app by searching for “PlayerTek” on the app store on your iPhone or on the Google Play Store on your Android Phone.

Note: Two PlayerTek apps may appear in the App Store. Make sure to download the app that says PlayerTek. The PlayerTek TEAM app goes with our team product and will not work with your pod.

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Type 'PlayerTek' and hit search

Step 3

Open the PlayerTek app and hit “Sign Up” to create a new account with an email username and password of your choice. If you already have a PlayerTek account, select Log In.

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Step 4

Enter your player details. We ask for this information in order to make your performance stats as accurate as possible.

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Step 5

Register your pod to your account. To do this, first turn the pod on by pressing the button once, then turn your bluetooth on and finish by pressing scan on the app.

Note: You do not need to do this right away. You could register and sync your pod after your first session.

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It's Game Time!

Are You Ready?

Step 1

Turn your pod on outside 5 minutes before your session. The left light and the right light should both be flashing green before you begin. The left light means the pod is on, while the right light means that the pod has picked up GPS signal.

Note: The lights don’t always flash together

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Step 2

Once both lights are flashing, place the pod in your vest and you’re good to go!

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Syncing Your Session

Note: If you decide that you want to wait and sync your session later, you can turn your pod off by pressing the middle button down for a few seconds. When the right light starts flashing quickly, take your finger off the button and the unit will turn off.

Step 1

When you are ready to sync, just make sure your pod is on. Your pod is on if the left green light is flashing. To complete the sync, turn your bluetooth on, open the PlayerTek app and press sync in the left hand menu.

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Step 2

Once in sync, the app will automatically begin searching for the pod. A page saying “1 New Session Found” will then appear. Hit the blue sync button again when you see this and wait for the session to upload.

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Press 'Sync' to download session and then press ‘done’ to view your session

Step 3

Start editing your session by selecting the Session Type, Game Result and setting your Game Time.

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Step 4

Set your pitch by moving it with your finger over the area that you played on. You should be able to see your pitch on Google Maps. You can choose the size of the pitch by either editing the length and width (in metres) or by manually changing the size using the arrows on the pitch. When you are done, press save on the Pitch Positioner page.

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Step 5

Now give your game a name and hit save.

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Analyzing Your Session

Step 1

You are now ready to view your session! Once it has been saved, you will automatically be taken to a summary of your performance.

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Swipe right and left to view
different pages of the session.

Step 2

Stats are compared in percentages to a professional in the same position.

Total distance covered

Total number of sprints (a sprint isdefined as moving at a speed of more than 5 metres per second)

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Overall performancecompare to a professional

Top speed reached

Total sprint distance covered(at a speed of more than5 metres per second)

Step 3

Tap on your heat map to see your sprints map and once more for your zones map.

The heat map shows the amount of time you spent on each part of the pitch (red being the areas you spent the most time in, blue the least).

The sprints map shows the location of where you started and ended your sprints (yellow arrows are for sprints between 5-6 metres per second, orange arrows are for sprints between 6-7 metres per second and red arrows are for sprints above 7 metres per second).

The zone map shows the amount of time you spent on each third of the pitch.

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Tap the pitch to switch views

Step 4

Swipe on the charts to view each of your metrics in 5 minute breakdowns. The MAX line represents your highest score in that particular metric for a 5 minute period of your session.

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Swipe on the chart to change the metric

Step 5

The last page compares each of your metrics in the first half with each of your metrics in the second half.

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The Season tab allows you to see your best metric scores from all of your sessions.

The PERSONAL BEST section pulls the best scores from each of your metrics from all of your sessions.

LAST 10 GAMES shows your game results from your last 10 games (green for a win, blank for a draw and red for a loss).

The bar charts at the bottom show how you have progressed in each of your metrics, the left hand side showing your oldest scores and the right hand side showing your newest scores.

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Swipe on the chart to change the metrics


The League is one of the coolest functions within the PlayerTek app.
To view leagues, tap on the app’s left hand menu and select leagues.


The SEASON LEAGUE ranks every player using PlayerTek. Tap on each tab to see how you rank in total dostance, speed, number of sprints and sprint distance against all other PlayerTek app users since PlayerTek began. Swipe again to MONTH LEAGUE to see the same stats from just the previous 28 days.

*Note that the speed value is your average top speed over the selected period, not your max top speed.

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Team of the Week

Swipe right to view Team of the Week. Team of the Week is composed of the Top performing players who use PlayerTek based on the number of sprints from that week.


Swipe right once more to view your Friends League. You can add a friend by searching your friend’s name and pressing on the profile icon with the plus. Once your friend has confirmed, you will be able to rank your overall scores against theirs. You can measure total sprints and total distance from all your sessions combined, along with your top speed across all sessions.

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