1 An average soccer data set is around 2,000-2,500 events per game; we collect more than 15,000 data points
3 FIFA specialists (www.FIFA.com) analyzing real-time data from the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup ™; Analysis gets more detail, new metrics, and groundbreaking insights; Launch of new FIFA soccer language to aid global technical development; Similar analytical approach planned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup ™.
5 A team of experts is analyzing every player for every second of every 2021 FIFA Arab Cup match, a game-changing development that is leading to a host of new performance insights in line with FIFA’s vision to increase global competitiveness through technology.
6 Analysts are using FIFA’s new soccer language, which has been in the works for more than two years. Released on Wednesday, it provides an open resource for coaches and players around the world, aligning technical expertise and developing all levels of the game.
8 For each 2021 FIFA Arab Cup match, a member of a team of analysts, based in Newport, Wales, is assigned to a player on the field to monitor, track and code their individual performance.
9 This includes recording a player’s movement, with and without the ball, how many times he crosses the defense lines, and how much pressure he exerts on the opposition’s ball carriers.
10 This intensive analysis means that more than 15,000 data points are collected from each game, giving team analysts, coaches, players, media, and fans new insights to help them better understand and enjoy the game.
11 This work reflects the vision of Arsène Wenger, FIFA’s Head of Global Soccer Development, whose vision is that technical observations and analysis of soccer data are used together to increase and develop understanding of the game and enhance the experience of football. the fans.
12 FIFA wants to provide technical directors, coaches and performance analysts with the best possible insights to help them develop talent globally, but to do so, FIFA must first understand the status quo of football, both inside and outside of the game. court.
13 “The language of FIFA football is the alphabet of data collection and helps us draw conclusions [about] what is happening on the soccer field and to better understand what is happening on the soccer field, ”Wenger said.
14 Findings, implementable actions, recommendations and insights will be distributed to technical experts through various programs or platforms, such as the new FIFA Training Center, an online football academy.
15 The Newport team, led by Chris Loxston, group project leader for FIFA’s Football Performance Insights and Analysis team, is comprised of 50 football analysts as well as data engineers, data scientists and performance analysts. , and has the support of a ground team in Doha as well.
16 “We have a team of 25 analysts working on each game, so we have one analyst who covers a player for the entire period of the game,” Loxston explained.
17 “So what that allows us to do is go into great detail about what that player is doing. Typically, a soccer dataset only looks at all actions related to the ball; what we can really do here is observe all the actions outside the ball and also around the ball.
18 “An average soccer data set is around 2,000-2,500 events per game; we collected more than 15,000 data points. “
20 A pioneer in the use of data analytics during the early part of his career as an assistant manager at Manchester United, McClaren takes heart as he talks about the range of possibilities this insights will bring to coaches and players, as well as fans.
21 McClaren also sees this insights as particularly beneficial for increasing global competitiveness.
22 “For the homeless, for the smallest nations, the smallest countries, who will probably not have access to this information, then it is invaluable and could give them a critical advantage, a marginal gain, we are talking about small percentages,” he said. McClaren.
23 Ultimately, that’s the vision of FIFA; making the World Cups more competitive.
24 “If we can give information, and that is what we are doing right now to the smaller nations and help them develop their countries to close the gap, that is what FIFA wants. That is his vision. “
27 The language of football is the FIFA model for how football should be analyzed in the future: