In the hopes of getting an upper hand on its rivals, a UK football team has enlisted the help of an artificial intelligence coach.
Wingate & Finchley FC, who play in the Isthmian Premier League, have partnered with the Big Bang Fair to install the technology.
The AI coach uses a reasoning engine to determine the best formation and style of play against different teams.
After each match, the AI stores data, helping it to evolve and make even more targeted recommendations.
To relay its finding to the players, the AI coach speaks via an Amazon Echo.
Ahead of each game, the AI will tell the players their opponents’ key stats – including motivation, fitness levels and typical player formation.
Dave Norman, manager of Wingate & Finchley FC, said: “The fundamentals of football are exactly the same whether they come from a virtual coach or a human one.
“As a teacher as a well as a football manager I’m a big supporter of The Big Bang Fair’s goal to get more kids into STEM, so I was more than happy to add an AI to the coaching team here at Wingate & Finchley.
“I think it will complement our set-up immensely and hopefully help us pick up three points!”
It remains to be seen whether the AI coach has much of an impact on the club’s performance.
The AI will make its debut for a league clash against Brighton’s Whitehawk FC on Saturday 9 February 2019.