“What’s the best Football Analytics piece you’ve ever read?”
Recently on Fanalytics Blogs I was asked the following:
A good question. There are probably a few pieces that those interested in Football Analytics agree are fundamental. Michael Caley’s Expected Goal piece from last year instantly springs to mind, for example.
But the question I feel is more interesting is what is the best article you’ve read? This question is a lot more open to interpretation, and therefore means a more wide ranging of replies are likely to be given.
So having asked on twitter, and in no particular order, here’s a list of great stuff to read. You’ll find these enjoyable if you’re just getting involved in Football Analytics, or looking for inspiration on a current project. Additionally something I feel the ‘community’ doesn’t do enough of is building on previous works, so hopefully this serves as a good repo of projects to build on.
Additionally this isn’t a complete list and isn’t intended to devalue the efforts of other analysts. It’s a list of the pieces that after reading them you think….damn, that was good. Onto the list!
A few months ago I read a quote that struck a chord with me.statsbomb.com
I've often heard soccer described as a data thin sport, a sport where the lack of big events holds back analysis. While…statsbomb.com
Following an indifferent first season at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino's team have clicked into gear. A number of…13steps.co
Here is Chelsea defending against West Brom in their 2-2 draw this season: If I'm pointing you to this post from…deepxg.com
It’s a footballing truism that a fresh pair of legs can have a big impact on a game of football and this was borne out of the data two…medium.com
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Data 3. Calculations and Results 3.1 Determining the coefficients 3.2 How does the Team…jameswgrayson.wordpress.com
The gathering of goalkeeping data continues here at Differentgame. There's well over two seasons and 7000 saves in the…differentgame.wordpress.com
On 16 th December 2013, the day after Tottenham's humiliating home defeat by Liverpool, Andre Villas-Boas was relieved…statsbomb.com
This past weekend in the Premier League was a crazy one, and no single game was crazier than Spurs vs. Newcastle*.…statsbomb.com
Sometimes analysis and football intuition fit nicely together, and in those situations writing analysis pieces is easy.…11tegen11.net
This is a post designed to illustrate what I've previously written about shooting percentage (parts I and II), save…jameswgrayson.wordpress.com
In an article published last October I took my first look at some defensive metrics. That piece was very much an…statsbomb.com
Earlier in the day Ted Knutson published this ( link) on age and value in the transfer market. It's a terrific piece…statsbomb.com
Roger Schmidt's side won 5-1 this weekend and stand third in the Bundesliga. But it's how they do it that is truly…www.sbnation.com
One of my biggest pet peeves when watching a game of football is what I'll term the faux-forwards pass (if you can think…statsandsnakeoil.wordpress.com
Awful lot of people writing about analytics and very few doing anything at the moment. Good piece, but nothing new.…frontoffice.report
Soccer analytics is still in its infancy. I say that because it lacks a central metric - a way of measuring player…www.northyardanalytics.com
Leicester City's rise to the top of the Premier League has led to many an analysis by now. Reasons for their ascent have…statsbomb.com
Massimo Pinca/AP Why are Juventus in the Champions League final? The short answer is Paul Pogba, the guy who might just…grantland.com
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