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Distances Traversed at the 2018 #WorldCup after 60 Games

I am mindful of the limitations of GPS tracking data without context, but I have been fascinated by the data shared on the Match Facts pages of the FIFA website. After 60 games, my record of distances traversed in the tournament as a total of all player tracks is 12,822,470 metres. The median team distance traversed in the Group games was 105,057 metres, in the Round of 16 it was 107,340 metres and 105,948 metres in the Quarter Finals. The distances traversed by team are: Quarter Finalists leaving the tournament: Round of 16 leaving the tournament: Teams leaving after Group stage: I have created an archive...

Distances traversed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after 14 games

In May 2018, FIFA announced that Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems that comprise  "two optical tracking cameras located on the media tribune" will track the positional data of players and ball at the 2018 World Cup. These data, real-time positional data and video, are offered live at World Cup games on two devices: "one for the team analyst observing the match from the media tribune, another for the coaching team at the bench". Post-game, the positional data are made available on the FIFA World Cup website for secondary data analysis. I have started to compile these date in a GitHub repository. An example of...

Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis

Background This is a revised version of a paper I wrote in 1994 to celebrate the life and work of Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. I reproduce it here to share his achievements with a new generation of performance and notation analysts. This is a copy of the paper for download LLM (1994). Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis 1. Introduction There is a growing interest in notational analysis as an academic area of study. In this paper I draw attention to one of the pioneers of notation in sport, Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. Most of his work has been under...