How data and analytics are changing football

02/08/2023 | Sky Sports

For those interested in football tactics and how data is dramatically changing the world's most popular game, this article is for you. Football is increasingly being influenced by player statistics, changing how the game is played. As you would expect, the amount of personal data being gathered is increasing over time, as are the complexity of the systems being used to analyse that data and make predictions. The results are affecting how teams line up, what tactics they use and how they react in and out of possession. The article provides a detailed analysis of how the game has changed from the peak years of the much-loved 4-4-2 formation in the premier league to modern, flexible formations. In the future, players won't only be judged on what they're capable of, what they do, and their level of effort but also on real-time predictions about what they should be doing in every situation.

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