The origins of soccer analytics, albeit in a rudimentary form, are typically traced to Charles Reep, an Englishman, war veteran and dyed-in-the-wool soccer fanatic. Legend has it that during one game in 1950, Reep became upset at a team’s pathetic scoring attempts and began recording observations and trends he saw in a notebook.
The history of football (soccer) Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world) has a long history. Football in its current form arose in England in the middle of the 19th century. But alternative versions of the game existed much earlier and are a part of the football history. Early history and the precursors of football
In 1953, Reep went on to publish his statistical analysis of patterns of play in football in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. In his paper, he analysed 578 matches to assess the distribution of passing movements and found that 99% of all plays consisted of less than six passes, while 95% of them consisted of less than four.
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The aim of the current study was to analyse performance differences of football players 2-years prior and the year after signing a new contract (the following year) while taking playing position, nationality, player’s role, team ability, and age into account. The sample was comprised of 249 players (n = 109 defenders, n = 113 midfielders; and n = 27 forwards) from four of the major European ...
Football clubs, when keen on data analysis, normally have at most one person with their background. Having four of them is more than unprecedented, it is revolutionary. In 2010 Liverpool was acquired by American company Fenway Sports Group , owners of the baseball team Boston Red Sox since 2002.
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This paper presents a history of sports notational analysis, which seeks to develop further our current understanding of the subject. The paper provides evidence that indicates sports notations developed in the mid-nineteenth century, contrary to the current view of it as a twentieth century invention. The paper further illustrates that statistics from these notations appeared regularly in newspapers, periodicals and specialist books of that period, and that the early development of notation ...
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