EA and the Premier League has announced that EA Sports has become the Official Sports Technology Partner of the Premier League.

Under the partnership, EA Sports provide Barclay's Premier League fans exclusive enhanced experiences and even greater authenticity inside of EA Sports Football products. EA SPORTS branding will be featured on all live on-screen broadcasts of Barclays Premier League fixtures, and EA Sports will work with broadcasters to develop enhancements for match day broadcast analysis and increased fan interaction.

EA Sports will also sponsor the Player Performance Index and will explore new ways to utilise more in depth Barclays Premier League statistics than ever before in future iterations of EA Sports Football products.

"Partnering with the Premier League further establishes EA Sports and its FIFA franchise as the ultimate, authentic football gaming experience. We look forward to adding further in-game authenticity with the direct access to the Player Performance Index as well as releasing new ways to leverage our technology to enhance the fans enjoyment of Barclays Premier League football on and beyond match day each week," said said Matt Bilbey, Vice President of Football, EA Sports.

EA Sports will explore new ways to leverage actual match and performance data to deliver improved interactive football experiences that match the complexity, finesse and excitement of a real world football match. Examples include:

The EA Sports Player Performance Index: EA Sports will sponsor the Premier League Player Performance Index that will soon expand to include new performance data that will now account for time and distance measurements. This will allow for detailed statistics such as the speed at which a shot is hit, the force of a ball as a keeper makes a key save, the height of a jump, the speed at which a penalty is struck and more. This technology will be introduced at all Premier League club stadia this season. EA Sports will have direct access to the Player Performance Index to further extend the authenticity and depth of its football franchises including EA Sports FIFA in future versions.

EA Sports Team of the Week: Available at www.premierleague.com, the Premier League and EA Sports will publish the EA Sports Team of the Week. The team will be based on ratings from the EA Sports Player Performance Index after each round of the Barclays Premier League and will be integrated into EA Sports Football games.

Barclays Premier League Broadcast Branding: EA Sports branding will appear on-screen, linked with live match statistics, during all Barclays Premier League broadcasts in the UK and overseas.

In addition to the Sports Technology Partnership agreement, the Premier League and EA have also agreed upon an extension to the Electronic Game License.