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Learning to Love Plus-Minus

I have always been suspicious of Plus-Minus in football. Plus-minus is a statistical method for evaluating individual players in team games. It works by measuring the performance of a team when different [...]

2019-11-08T10:17:03+00:00July 4th, 2019|Football Analytics, On the Pitch, Recent Posts|2 Comments

Experiments on Clustering Possession Sequences (Part 1)

The fluidity of football is one of the main obstacles to analysis. Unlike baseball or cricket which are divided into discrete one-v-one plays, football plays consist of passing and dribbling sequences which [...]

2019-04-16T17:52:02+00:00April 16th, 2019|On the Pitch, Recent Posts|0 Comments

Valuing Passes and Thoughts on Metrification

In my last post, I looked at passing performance and identified players with pass completion rates higher than expected, given the difficulty of the passes they attempted.   This seemed to pass the [...]