I haven’t done anything with football data for ages. All sorts of reasons why, including that maintaining the data became a proper pain in the neck and I was spending more time on that than on fun vis stuff and models. Anyway, some sudden inspiration, the old database is repaired, code dusted off and… Here’s…
Early season football viz, EPL and League 2
Five games into the Premier League season, I thought I’d resurrect some old ggplot2 scripts and have a look at teams’ shot locations, attacking play and possession areas. I’ve been drawing these charts on and off for a few seasons but only just noticed that it’s become possible to extend them to cover League 2….
3D football match visualisations
I used to do something a bit like these a long time ago and have resurrected them as a way of dipping a toe back into football analysis. They violate just about every rule of data visualisation, but they’re fun and I like them. Think of them as a souvenir poster of a match, rather…
Football Wind Maps
I’ve had this project in mind for quite a while because it merges some weather data visualisation that appeals to my inner paraglider pilot, with football stats. Wind maps like these have become quite common, starting with static images and progressing into genuinely useful tools like windy.com. I wondered if something similar might be…
Premier League Attack & Possession Profiles to 1st Jan 2018
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Mapping Premier League player’s birthplaces
As part of my Chalkboard project, I assembled data on a large number of football squads. Sometimes with a project like this you end up with more data than you need and so I found myself with a database of players’ birthplaces. Where were this season’s Premier League players born? They come from all over the…
Shoot! Optimising the location of attempts on goal
My presentation to the 2017 OptaPro conference.
Mapping the football analytics network
Twitter has a lively (and occasionally argumentative) football analytics community, encompassing a wide variety of amateur analysts, professionals, coaches, journalists, scouts and pundits. Today’s post is a new version of my visualisation of the community and the connected individuals within it. James Yorke dubbed the first version of this project the “Ego Viz”, which I rather like….