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Football Lab of Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid REVEALED

REVEALED: The Football Lab that Arsenal hope will create a new generation of stars

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 15 November 2012

There was a time when wannabe footballers honed their technique and reactions by kicking a tennis ball against a coal shed or a dustbin.

Today, things have moved on leaps and bounds, with the top clubs investing in the latest technology to gauge their proteges’ potential to within a fraction of an inch or second.

There’s the hi-tech ‘Footbonaut’ at Borussia Dortmund which is fine-tuning Jurgen Klopp’s almost unplayable passing game to perfection.

Secret weapon: Many of Europe's elite clubs are using a new Football Lab training device

Secret weapon: Many of Europe's elite clubs are using a new Football Lab training device

Secret weapon: Many of Europe's elite clubs are using a new Football Lab training device

And Sportsmail can reveal another top-secret weapon used by the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid to keep their stars at the top of their game.

The Football Lab, developed by Danish company Munin Sports, is the world’s first fully interactive training pitch. It is an enclosed patch of Astroturf fitting with the company’s unique m-station PRO rebound boards on each wall and laden with LED tracker lights, loudspeakers and motion sensors.

Jamie Redknapp tests the 'Footbonaut'

Sportsmail sent an expert to check out Borussia Dortmund's revolutionary training device – click here to read what Jamie Redknapp made of the Footbonaut

The player stands in the centre and must pass the ball off whichever rebound board is flashing in the quickest amount of time. It’s a real test of reactions, agility and passing accuracy.

And to add to the space age feel, every movement of player and ball is mapped by the sensors, with the data instantly available to download to an iPhone app.

While the top clubs use the Lab to sharpen the skills of their youth players, it is open to anyone and so the tracking software adds a competitive element between friends and teammates.

Club coaches can, of course, monitor the stats to see which areas can be worked on.

VIDEO: Inside the Football Lab

The rebounders can also be used anywhere on the pitch and replicate the random movements of a ball on the field of play. They might be positioned, for example, on the edge of the penalty box in shooting drills to mimic the knock-downs from a tall target man. Or a goalkeeper might throw the ball at the board to test his reflexes.

The m-station PRO is used by Arsenal’s academy players at the club’s Hale End and London Colney training grounds.

Arsenal coach Carl Laraman said: ‘It’s a marvellous piece of equipment. I can use it for different elevations and you can use it as a rebound facility for passing and both defensive and attacking heading.

‘The players can also use it on their own for practice before and after training.’

VIDEO: m-station demonstration

It is also used at Manchester United for individual practice by first team coaches, and at AC Milan and Real Madrid for academy development.

Gianluca Angelucci, coach at the AC Milan Youth Camp, added: ‘This is a very important step forward and all Italian clubs will definitely benefit from it.

‘It allows you to work with very specific elements, especially when it comes to goalkeeping practice where you need to dive, catch the ball in the air or react on rebounds.’

Euro 2012: Michel Platini won"t back goal-line technology, whatever Sepp Blatter thinks

Platini won't back goal-line technology, whatever Blatter thinks

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched another attack against the use of technology to help referees.

After much wrangling, it is expected
FIFA will give the green light to the use of goal-line technology when
their International Board meets in Switzerland on Thursday.

For FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the
final straw came in Donetsk, when it was not spotted by the officials
that a shot from Ukraine forward Marko Devic had crossed the line before
it was hooked away by John Terry.

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Yet Platini uses that incident to underline why he does not want technology in the game.

Replays have established Devic had been offside earlier in the move, and that had not been spotted either.

'The goal between England and Ukraine: it was a goal. It was a mistake from the referee,' said Platini.

'But there was an offside before then.

'If the officials had given offside there wouldn't have been a goal.

'So why don't we have technology for offside decisions as well Where does it stop'

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

There is some validity to Platini's argument. In virtually every other sport that uses technology to make decisions, its scope has widened far beyond what was originally intended.

'It's not goal-line technology in itself,' said Platini. 'I am against technology coming into force to actually make decisions.

'It invades every single area.

'If tomorrow someone handballs it on the line and the referee doesn't see it, what then

'We can't just have goal-line technology. We also need sensors to see if someone has handballed it.

'We need cameras to see if it should be a goal or not.'

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

In addition, whilst Blatter has been convinced by the technology that has been used, Platini is less certain of its worth.

'Are you sure that it works' he said.

'No one has seen the trials, no one has seen anything.

'I read an article from a journalist saying 'We are not 100% sure but we think it will help the referee. We don't know any more than that'.'

There is even the possibility that Platini might look to prevent technology being used in UEFA's flagship tournaments even if FIFA decide to pursue the venture.

'We are going to see if this is suggested and proposed to all federations,' he said. 'The national federations will have then have the chance to decide whether they want goal-line technology.

'Mr Blatter knows what I think of this and I know his thoughts on the issue.'