soccer

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Experience a soccer game through crowd noise

Sports visualization and analysis tends to focus on gameplay — where the players are, where the ball goes, etc. In Reimagine the Game, the focus in on crowd noise through the course of a game. Pick a game and see the waves of noise oscillate through the arena during significant events. It’s an advertisement feature on The Economist, which is kind of interesting, but it’s still fun to watch the...

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World Cup play activity visualized like wind maps

A fun experiment by Neil Charles that used the aesthetics of wind maps to represent World Cup 2018 play activity: It looks like the familiar shape of an average football game, with the bulk of the play happening out wide and then converging onto the opponent’s area. Colour in this is example is by number of passes (hotter = more) and I’ve also drawn locations with fewer passes more faintly,...

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Expected versus actual goals in the World Cup

Benjamin Pavard from France made a low-probability goal the other day. Seth Blanchard and Reuben Fischer-Baum for The Washington Post explain the rarity and use it as a segue into expected versus actual goals to gauge how teams have played. This statistic can also tell us which teams are over and under-producing given their level of play so far, by comparing their expected goals and actual results. Surprise quarterfinalist Russia...

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U.S. women’s soccer gameplan

I know next to nothing about soccer. Like there's nothing, and then I'm sitting right there next to it. But, the New York Times provides an explanation of the U.S. women's current offense-focused strategy with some simple diagrams and a video, and I feel a little more edumacated. I like the particular frame above that shows the gaps and seams that players try to attack. Basketball uses the same terminology,...

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