written by – Rangers Report
To put together a team who will collaborate to create a database for the 2019-20 Scottish Premiership that can identify:
- Trends in teams transitional attacking play
- Ways to exploit/improve how different teams transition into the final third
- Similar trends in how clubs defend transitional play
- Strengths/weaknesses in how different players drive possession into the final third
The tracking of zone entries originates from the hockey analytics world & has become a major component of any kind of advanced stats analysis in the NHL.
Danny Pugsley was probably the first to transfer this concept to football & zone entries became a major part of my own analysis when I contributed data for Rangers back in the 2015-16 season & when I was a consultant for Livingston in 2016-17.
I think a lot can be learned about players who ‘drive possession into the final third’ that adds a whole new layer of identifying values in players (beyond goals & assists). Additionally, the results prove that teams have much better results when they enter the final third via Controlled Zone Entries vs. Non-Controlled Entries…meaning the data can flag ways for clubs to improve their results on the pitch.
I invite you to read this blog post from 2017 for more on those results.
Once we have started compiling the data, a Patreon site will be launched that includes player data, team stats & individual match reports.
Again, I don’t expect this to make a lot of money but I will make sure that the compensation is distributed with equity.
- I will take 10% of the profits for running the Patreon site & coordinating the data collection
- The remaining 90% will be divided up based on who tracked the data. If someone has tracked 30% of the matches…they will get 30% of the remaining profits.
I have found that tracking this kind of data provides a new lens to watch matches with & can really be useful for clubs when it comes to their match analysis & how they value players within their systems.
Conversely, if you are interested in football analytics this would give you a unique lens to present data & it can be used in so many different ways to showcase what you learn from tracking this kind of information.