Sports activities Analytics
Soccer (or soccer for the USA readers) is a tremendous sport. It could possibly’t be the world’s hottest sport by coincidence.
Soccer gathers individuals collectively, it’s an excuse to disconnect from our busy lives as a result of sport time is enjoyable time. We order some quick meals and eat it whereas Messi makes magic with the ball — how fortunate we’re for having been in a position to get pleasure from him. And we get to observe so many superb groups like 2010’s Barça and even 2023’s Manchester Metropolis.
Many will say no sport is equal. It’s soccer, and there’s nothing prefer it. However I’d say that’s mistaken.
As excellent as it’s, it nonetheless is dominated by math. Like all the things else.
Life is filled with mathematical fashions. And soccer isn’t any exception.
I’ve been a die-hard Barça fan all through my whole life. Add that to the present state of affairs I discover myself professionally in, and the result’s a real curiosity in sports activities analytics — clearly inclined towards soccer.
This publish is the primary I’ll be writing about sports activities analytics, so I’ll preserve it comparatively easy. Nevertheless, I plan on writing much more to be taught lots about how math applies to soccer (and probably different sports activities like handball) — and share the insights with you all.
The quantity of knowledge scientists getting employed for sports activities analytics roles is rising strongly and it gained’t appear to be stopping anytime quickly. Utilizing information in sports activities makes extra sense than ever, particularly provided that the quantity of knowledge being generated can also be rising at a quick tempo.
So, this publish will probably be an important intro device for all aspiring sports activities analysts or data-related of us curious about sports activities.
Right here, I’ll be utilizing StatsBomb’s open and free information to examine the La Liga season of 2015–2016, which I’ve randomly chosen. I invite you to do the identical evaluation and see if it holds true for different seasons and leagues as effectively.
So let’s dig in!
Getting ready The Knowledge
There’s an exquisite Python module that can permit us to get all the info we’d like…