08 Sep, 2021

CEO Jeremy Steele Reflects on the Analytics FC Rebrand

08 Sep, 2021

Analytics FC CEO Jeremy Steele talks us through the recent rebrand process, what he learned and what you should expect from Analytics FC going forward. As anyone who has started a business will know, the flow of time is a funny thing. You can get stuck in the day-to-day...

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Analysing Outside Centre Backs

Eric Laurie looks at the outside centre back role and explores the underlying data to see what we can learn about it. An interesting development in football throughout recent seasons has been the increased use of a back three/five with some of the clubs using this tactical feature becoming...

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TransferLab Suggests an England Best XI For Gareth Southgate against Germany

Jon Mackenzie uses TransferLab to build a potential starting XI for England’s Round of 16 match against Germany. Perhaps this is the case whenever football fans are involved, but for England, the story of the European Championship so far has been selection issues. And it’s not hard to see...

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Developing New Metrics: Switching the Play

In this series, Josh Hobbs explores some of the novel metrics we have been able to develop using the TransferLab algorithm. One of the perennial problems using data to analyse football is the discrepancy that exists between those with the ability to manipulate data and those who understand what is taking...

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Quantifying Defence: Pass Prevention and Shot Prevention

Aditya Kothari looks at the ways tracking data can be used to quantify defending more effectively. The most commonly available data today are events data, and more specifically, on-ball data. When it comes to off-ball events, the kind of data available from a defensive point of view are tackles, interceptions,...

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Does Style Matter? A Study from the Scottish Premiership

Jaymes Monte digs through the Scottish Premiership data to see if we can learn anything about the importance of style for football teams. In a game that is becoming increasingly flooded with cash but also where extreme wealth is no longer a free pass to the very top, developing...

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Emi Buendia: Jack of All Trades, Master of All

Maram AlBaharna crunches the data on Emiliano Buendia’s season to show just how well-rounded a player he is Football is often described as a chess match. Unlike chess, though, in football, the pieces move all at once and their movements aren’t restricted to specific squares. Instead, players are expected to...

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22 Mar, 2021

Profiling Coaches with Data

22 Mar, 2021

Piotr Wawrzynów talks us through the process of creating a tool that profiles coaches in a similar manner to how you might profile players. I love talking about coaches: their ideas, approaches, philosophies. One of my favourite things is assessing a team’s early performances and trying to predict whether the...

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11 Mar, 2021

Special Ones? The Effect of Head Coaches on Football Team Performance

11 Mar, 2021

Alex Farnell looks at the impact that sacking a manager can have on a team’s performance and attempts to debunk some of the myths about ‘new manager bounce’. By the time the final whistle blows in many professional football matches, you wouldn’t be too surprised to hear disgruntled fans...

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The Data Outliers: Finding Quirks in the Spreadsheets

James Nalton looks at some of the quirkier footballers within TransferLab’s database… Whether we like it or not, we use data all the time. In a pandemic age, graphs and charts have become an everyday occurrence. We check out local infection numbers. We are informed about R-numbers. Governmental press...

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