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 eyeball test, throwing up players like Kroos, Ozil, Arjen Robben and Messi as top performers on this [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Football Analytics, Off the Pitch, On the Pitch, Recent Posts, Thinking Allowed|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Deep Learning Model of Passing

Passing is a skill that sits at the very heart of football. But for a long time the only available measure of passing performance was the pass completion rate, in other words, the percentage of successful passes.  This is not very satisfactory, because it doesn't recognise that some passes [...]

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Football Analytics, On the Pitch, Recent Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

In Pursuit of a Passing Model

We intuitively know that some passes are more difficult than others. A short pass is easier to complete than a long pass isn't it? And unless this is taken into account, we can't really measure passing ability. For this reason, some analysts have used event data to develop passing [...]

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Football Analytics, On the Pitch, Recent Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

Journey into Space: Using spatial metrics to compare and cluster football players

Tracking data has long been used by football clubs to measure physical activity on the field, such as distance covered, sprints and top speed. In this post I show how TRACAB spatial location data can be visualised and quantified, and used to compare and contrast players. The data for [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Categories: On the Pitch, Recent Posts|5 Comments

Passing Heat Signatures

I've been thinking about passing recently, and it seems that teams have quite distinct passing signatures that can be discerned in heat maps. The purpose of this post is just to illustrate this with some heat maps for a few selected teams which simply represent the numbers of passes [...]

By |September 30th, 2018|Categories: Football Analytics, On the Pitch, Recent Posts|0 Comments