Browsing All posts tagged under »Soccermetrics«

Soccer analytics: treat it like a ‘stop-and-go’ sport!

March 5, 2012


Last Sunday, pre-match interview of top Eredivisie manager ahead of title contenders clash. Quote above the video: “Statistics mean nothing to me”. Just two days earlier, the biggest sports analytics conference in the world had its 2012 edition, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, or #SSAC as it went around on Twitter… The contrast could […]

Offenses and defenses in the Eredivisie – Where were we?

January 18, 2012


With the second half of the Eredivisie just a few days away, this may be the right time to refresh our memory of the current state of affairs in the Eredivisie. This post will try to do that by plotting the teams’ offensive and defensive performances. Drawing on earlier posts on this same subject, teams […]

The most valuable players of the first half of the 2011/12 Eredivisie: Bony, Overtoom and Malki

December 28, 2011


The very first parameter to measure individual football players performances is still the most wide spread. Every single league has an award for it: a simple count of the number of goals scored. But it is a flawed metric. It favors players playing on superior teams, it doesn’t take into account whether the goals were […]

To concede or not to concede? – The value of goals in the Eredivisie

December 24, 2011


“The most important thing […] is to keep a clean sheet.” Words along that line will sound familiar to anyone who has ever watched football managers comment on their pre-match intentions. A simple Google search for the terms “Eredivisie and “de nul houden” [Dutch equivalent of “keeping a clean sheet”] comes up with quotes from […]

Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Conversion

November 26, 2011


In the final part of this mini series we will focus on the missing link between creating shots on target and scoring goals: conversion. The first post in this series aimed to assess performances in terms of the raw number of chances created or conceded, while the second post introduced team’s performances in terms of […]

Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Shot Accuracy

November 21, 2011


Yesterday’s blog update was the first of a planned three part mini series looking at team performances in the Eredivisie so far this season. With a focus on the amount of shots created and conceded, we’ve got a rough image of the performance of the teams, allowing a closer look in this second part of […]

Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Goal scoring chances

November 20, 2011


Regular followers of the blog know by now that I try to take a particular interest in measuring the performances of football teams, and should more and better data be available in the future, of individual players too. This post continues that trend, being the first of a planned three-part mini series looking at team […]

Measuring offensive and defensive performances in the Eredivisie

November 4, 2011


One of the first football stats to break through to the big audience has been the teams’ amount of possession of the ball. At present virtually every televised game is, at some stage, illustrated with stats concerning possession, which makes the general audience, at the very least, aware of the difference in this regard between […]

Eredivisie Top Scorers Chart based on Win Points Added

October 4, 2011


Traditional top scorers charts rank players simply by counting the number of goals scored, thereby assuming that every single goal scored has equal value. This goes against both emotional feeling and rational thinking. A late winner against superior oppositions ranks higher on both these scales than a goal that extends a dominating home team’s lead […]

PSV 2 – 2 Ajax: Does match data confirm the naked eye observations?

September 20, 2011


The thrilling encounter between PSV and Ajax, which ended in a 2-2 final score after Ajax came back twice, has been reviewed on 11tegen11 immediately after the match had ended. Now that the match data, provided by InStat Football, has come in, it might be interesting to revisit some of the statements made on the […]