UEFA Euro 2020 (2021) Databased analysis of assists in Open Play

In this blog post TSA will analyze and comment on an interesting tendency in the development of Open Play, which we have seen in the UEFA Euro 2020 (2021). We have analyzed all goals scored in the tournament (penalty shoot-outs excluded). As usually, we use a databased approach to analyze the games. If you haveContinue reading “UEFA Euro 2020 (2021) Databased analysis of assists in Open Play”

The Pitch 2.0 & Assist Location

In the first handful of blog posts from TSA we have explained how we use a range of scientific principles from behavioral science and psychology in our work with professional football players. For instance, we have explained how we use “The Pitch” to communicate shot location data. Also, we have mentioned how we calculated theContinue reading “The Pitch 2.0 & Assist Location”

OP-X: How to measure effectiveness in the box

Having already explained the basics regarding TSA’s shot location data (and how these principles can be used to make players score more goals), we will now take you one step further to understanding the details in our daily work with professional football players. In this blog post we will explain the holy grail of shotContinue reading “OP-X: How to measure effectiveness in the box”

Shot Location: Part 2

In the previous blog post (Shot Location Part 1) we presented “The Pitch” as a visualization of shot location data collected from more than 10.000 matches in the best European leagues. By this model we are able to communicate shot location data to football players in a way, which promote intuitive understanding.   Now, as weContinue reading “Shot Location: Part 2”

Shot Location: Part 1

In the two previous blog posts we have explained how we, in TSA, use principles from behavioral science in order to optimize our ability to communicate useable information to professional football players. Furthermore, we have explained in the previous posts that we use a specific model of a football pitch (se the post Behavioral science)Continue reading “Shot Location: Part 1”

Behavioral science

The term behavioral science can refer to multiple scientific subjects such as behavioral design or nudging, which, generally seen, treat the issue of changing the behavior of people through the environment. An example of this can be the yellow lines in the train stations, which are to prevent people from standing too close to theContinue reading “Behavioral science”

Introduction

If you are following professional football – whether it implies being a fan, watching games regularly or similar – you most likely have not failed to notice the growing number of specialists and analysts working in the industry.  But have you ever asked yourself the question “what are these people actually doing?” – or theContinue reading “Introduction”