The secrets behind Opta: how the stat-seeking experts analyse football

Statting all over the world

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But what if the data collectors miss something, or can’t agree on who blocked a shot? “If the home team analyst records a free kick that gets smacked into the wall and the away team analyst doesn’t see who blocked it, it’ll be flagged, and the third guy will rewind the video and allocate that block to the correct player.”

And that’s just for one game. Opta does the same for every game in the Premier League, the Championship, Bundesliga 1 and 2, French Ligue 1 and 2, Serie A, the MLS, A-League, the list goes on. But what about fans of Scottish, or lower-league teams, such as Cowdenbeath or Accrington Stanley (“Who are they?”): “We have a guy in the ground, essentially phoning back goals, corners, and red and yellow cards to a call centre type operation,” says Banoub. “It collects less data but it powers things like the vidiprinters at the BBC and Sky Sports News.”

Article source: http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature

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