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Weekly Football Data Analytics round-up for April 10-16

A lot happens in football analytics that doesn’t fit into our normal articles but is worth knowing about anyway. The many incredible analysts who put their work up online should be noticed, and we’d like to point out a few pieces you may have missed on a weekly basis.

The Coaches’ Voice analyze Erik ten Hag

Ajax are well known for their incredible data-oriented direction, creating some incredible players at their academy and embracing solutions before others do. The Coaches’ Voice takes a different tack, discussing how that plays out under manager Erik ten Hag. They look at player movement under his leadership, scoring, and just how he functions.

Tifo Football analyze Erik ten Hag

Because we don’t want to leave readers with only one analysis, we were also fortunate that Tifo did their own examination. They look at ten Hag’s play with Ajax, with a focus on the question: What will he do for Manchester United? It being Tifo, they include both historical images and visuals that show exactly what they mean.

Kosta Marcopulos looks at the difference between the top and bottom clubs

We’ve made our own attempt to close the gap between the top and bottom in football, and Kosta Marcopulos examines how the gap has widened. He puts exact numbers to it and suggests his own thoughts while examining the current methods in sport. The finances of football are not the most entertaining aspect of the sport, but they’re well worth paying attention to, especially when they relate so much to the level of clubs.

Track160 in the field

This one isn’t an unbiased source, but with Track160’s roll-out in Australia, some grassroots clubs have already been on the ball, showing how they are closing the gap between the grassroots and the elite. Essendon Royals Soccer Club even wrote their own piece with data they got from our system, showing it off. Their article not only has a small amount of data they collected with Track160, it also shows what it looks like for a coach to use it.

Did we miss something? Do you see something for a later round-up? Let us know!

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