The ‘lite’ dataset released by the MCFC Analytics project last weekend is a massive dump of almost 200 summary in-match metrics for every player who participated in every match of the 2011-12 English Premier League — more than 10,000 records and 2 million data cells. We set out to convert that dataset into something more [...]
I decided that I wanted to hear from my readers who they would like me to interview in the next issue of the Soccermetrics Newsletter, so on Twitter I asked for nominations. I ended up with two: Graham McAree, Head Soccer Editor at SB Nation, Jim Lawlor, chief scout at Manchester United Football Club The [...]
A few hours have passed since my initial post in reaction to the ‘basic’ dataset released by Man City’s performance analysis department, and I have some further comments.
Like many of the visitors to this site, I eagerly awaited the release of the MCFC Analytics dataset. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I’ll just get to the point and say it: the basic dataset that MCFC and Opta have released is simply not good enough.
Manchester City Football Club have launched an exciting initiative in which they have released the full set of 2011-12 Premier League touch-by-touch data compiled by Opta Sports. This initiative creates an opportunity to support the development of new team and player performance metrics in football, but also creates challenges in modeling a very rich in-match [...]
Manchester City’s MCFC Analytics page is now online, and thousands of people are signing up to receive access to Opta’s on-ball data for the 2011-12 Premier League. But what will users be receiving? This post gives a hopefully not-too-technical description of the data.
We give some tips on how you can use the Opta data that Manchester City has released and provide details on how to get our data conversion tool for free!
We continue our retrospective of the Olympic Men’s football competition with a presentation of substitution patterns during the tournament. Substitutions were fewer and more defensive in nature than other national team tournaments this year, yet just as many goals were scored by substitutes in this competition. We start with a distribution of the substitution events [...]
We start our statistical retrospective of the 2012 Olympic football competition with a look at the rotation practices of the 16 finalists. This is in the same vein as similar analyses for the Africa Cup of Nations and the European Championships and includes the squad rotations through the end of the knockout stage (“medal round” [...]
Below is the Pythagorean table for the 2012 Major League Soccer regular season for matches played up to 12 August 2012. MLS’ competition format has made it more of a challenge to automate the tables, but it’s one that we’re more than willing to take.