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’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!
The approval of the use of goal-line technology by FIFA’s International Football Association Board is a historic event in the evolution of the sport whose consequences may not be apparent over the near- or medium-term. First, the facts of the matter: the IFAB, which approves all changes to the Laws of the Game, unanimously approved [...]
If you have been following my Twitter feed over the last ten days, I’ve been building a match result database for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations using my Football Match Result Database schema. I wanted to test my designs in the field, so to speak, using a competition that would exercise almost all of [...]
There is an informative interview on the Beyond the Pitch website with John Coulson and Duncan Alexander of Opta Sports about the collection of data in football and its growing use in the sport. Anto (the host), John, and Duncan talk for about 30 minutes on Opta's growth in the football industry, its data collection [...]
I've blogged on a couple of occasions about the issue of in-match data in soccer that is collected by sports data companies and considered proprietary information. It presents a complication in soccer analytics because of the traditional lack of statistics surrounding the game. American sports have more historical team and player data of individual matches [...]
This is the second part of my week-long presentation of the Football Match Result Database project. Here are the other articles: Part I: Selected screenshots Part III: Database objective, design, and features Part IV: Code release Part V: Roadmap and call for contributors I've looked back at my previous posts on the subject and I [...]
There was a glowing report in yesterday's Jamaica Observer about the National Premier League's agreement with a sports management company in the USA and the UK to collect player data for an international soccer repository. The site is called SoccerAssociation.com and is operated from the United Kingdom. The article goes on to say that the [...]