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Last week was one mainly dominated by the introduction of compelling data visualizations depicting real-time football statistics, with entries such as VisualSport, Adidas Match Tracker, a real-time World Cup Visualiser iPad app and a Total Football 2010 iPhone app.

Today, infographic powerhouse The New York Times has entered this emerging arena as well: their blog "Goal" [goal.blogs.nytimes.com] now features a new data analysis module that delivers detailed football match information in real-time, after which it acts as a detailed interactive archive once the game has finished. A live module also appears on the homepage of The New York Times - Global Edition.

The NYTimes sports visualization contains a player ranking based on "touches", "passes", "goals", "fouls committed", "fouls against" and "balls won", as well as various time-filtered graphs that map the event data unto a virtual sports field through a simple player line up (circle size denotes amount of touches), a passes overview (line thickness shows amount of passes, per minute), an intuitive heat map (area of play, per minute), and a neat time-based sparkline (showing the division of important events between the two teams over time).

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2 COMMENTS

Andrew,

Do you know where this information is coming from? Is it publicly available data or is it "reported" by NYT reporters watching games and coding data live?

Tue 15 Jun 2010 at 5:05 PM

For the NYTimes, there is a link to a company called Match Analysis. http://matchanalysis.com/ For VisualSport and other football vizs, I am not sure, but I can ask around.

Tue 15 Jun 2010 at 6:42 PM
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