Analyzing FC Barcelona’s Protection From a Information Science Perspective | by Pol Marin | Aug, 2023

Sports activities Analytics

A visible knowledge comparability as an instance Barça’s protection flaws

Photograph by Alessio Patron on Unsplash


A number of days in the past I posted my first sports activities analytics publish. Feeling completely drawn to the subject nonetheless, right here I’m once more writing about soccer.

In that publish — linked beneath — I used frequentist stats to exhibit the randomness of aim occasions. However I took it additional. The random mannequin defined there — influenced by the Poisson distribution — is relevant in lots of different fields unrelated to soccer.

At the moment we’ll transfer one step ahead and, despite the fact that it will likely be football-centered, the method and information we’ll be going by way of might be related for any knowledge scientist.

Soccer-wise, we’ll concentrate on protection and attempt to analyze Barça’s to see the place it might have gone higher, each on a group and particular person stage.

As protection is a broad time period — it consists of tackles, saves, blocks, and lots of different superior stats — I’ll be extra concrete and focus solely on photographs and objectives conceded.

Within the 2015–16 La Liga, Barça was the second group to concede fewer objectives (29), proper after Atlético (18). Despite the fact that that’s not unhealthy in any respect, there’s nonetheless room for enchancment.

The aim is to not present options, that’s the teaching workers’s work. Our aim at this time as knowledge scientists or sports activities analysts is to seek out the issues and hypothesize in order that the workers can take this information and remedy the issues on the pitch.

So right here’s a quick abstract of what we’re going to undergo at this time:

  1. Background and Context.
  2. Get the info, rework, and put together it.
  3. Analyze photographs towards and objectives conceded by FCB.
  4. Go even deeper by checking shoots and objectives conceded on a participant stage.

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