THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Via Iain Macintosh on The Set Pieces blog

icon formations3525 April ~ There are many debates surrounding the use, are arguable overuse, of statistics in football analysis. Some provide good insight into a player’s performance in a single match or throughout a season, but heat maps are one of them. Heat maps are now being used in mainstream punditry, most notably on Match of the Day, yet on their own and without context they relay very little useful information. As Iain Macintosh, for The Set Pieces blog, argues: “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in a heat map that can explain anything. They are ambiguous, they are dull and they are basically useless.” You can read his full argument here.

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