ManCity to Release Soccer Stats to help find the ‘bill james’ of soccer

On Friday, City will make available through its website the data on every player in every team from every game in the Premier League last season. That may not enrapture the supporter fixated on Robin van Persie’s next career move but to the growing number of researchers, sports scientists and bloggers seeking new ways to measure performance and value a player, it is potentially ground-breaking.

Until now, data that costs all Premier League clubs a small fortune each season has not been widely available or at least widely accessible to the public. Baseball may have been revolutionised by Bill James’s sabermetric findings from the late 1970s onwards, leading to Michael Lewis’s book Moneyball and now a film starring Brad Pitt, basketball coaches make tactical decisions based on live data during a game, but developments in football have largely remained in-house.

As Gavin Fleig, the head of performance analysis at City, explains: “Bill James kick-started the analytics revolution in baseball. That made a real difference and has become integrated in that sport. Somewhere in the world there is football’s Bill James, who has all the skills and wants to use them but hasn’t got the data. We want to help find that Bill James, not necessarily for Manchester City but for the benefit of analytics in football. I don’t want to be at another analytics conference in five years’ time talking to people who would love to analyse the data but cannot develop their own concepts because all the data is not publicly available.”

The data will be available from Friday by logging in to mcfc.co.uk/mcfcanalytics.

The head of ManCity research explaining the program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en&client=mv-vf-uk&v=ikm52r7RlKc&feature=youtu.be&nomobile=1

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