A number of applications are currently being developed to enable teams to use their own bots to chat with fans and fans to team officials, with the Irish Football League announcing on Friday that its app-based chatbot would be the first to be built for football.
The league is launching the app in the coming weeks, with plans to open it up to other sports leagues across Europe, with one potential goal being to make the platform a platform for football fans to get together and chat with officials.
The application will also allow fans to use it to communicate with each other.
The announcement came in the wake of a recent report that the Irish Rugby Union was planning to launch a bot that would allow fans of its rivals Ulster and Munster to chat about their matches.
In an effort to get the app onto the platform, the Irish football authorities are also working with the Dublin-based software company Lattice to build an app-focused chatbot for the Irish game.
“In the coming days, we are hoping to launch an application that will be the world’s first app-driven chatbot, and that will enable fans to communicate in real-time with their clubs,” said Martin O’Donovan, managing director of the league.
“With the app, they can easily access their club’s information, view the scores and highlights, and connect with officials via video conferencing.”
The application is a collaboration between the Irish FA, Lattices, and the League.
It will allow fans in the UK and Ireland to access a number of information on the league’s players, teams and matches.
It also enables fans to interact with officials, via a live chat feature.
“This is the first application built for the game to be developed by the Irish league, and it’s an exciting opportunity for our fans to be able to use this new technology to get their questions answered,” said Conor Hickey, managing partner at Latticity.
“We’re also thrilled that Latticlec have taken the lead in the development of this new application for the games we all love, and we look forward to seeing the app evolve into a fully-fledged and engaging app for fans to enjoy.”