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FIFA funds research into impact of heat and altitude

University of Bedfordshire Photo: ITV News Anglia

When the England team heads off to the World Cup in Brazil, football fans want them to have the best chance possible of victory.

But with temperatures around 30 degrees C it will be a tough challenge, especially against teams from warmer climates.

Now a team at the University of Bedfordshire has been given £12,000 by FIFA to investigate the impact of high temperatures and high altitudes.

Dr Lee Taylor is a senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. Click below to watch a short clip.

This is called the intermittent soccer performance test and it's designed to replicate the physical exertion needed for a 90 minute game of football.

The difference here though is that the participants of this trial at the University of Bedfordshire are put through their paces in searing heat and reduced oxygen levels, to see how they cope.

Testing at University of Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

We're looking at skin temperatures, so looking at heart rate as well, the heart rate effect, core temperature as well and the external side. The distances people cover, high speed distance and low speed distance.

– Jeffrey Aldous, PHD student at University of Bedfordshire

It's hoped the research can help players prepare for the conditions they're likely to face in Brazil and Quatar.

Players in our usual climate Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts say that teams from warmer climates will definitely have an advantage at the World Cup.

When the University's data is made available in May, it might just reveal just how much of an advantage the opposition will have and that could help our players prepare for their matches.