2020 Sounders FC Soccer Data Analytics Competition

Visionist’s Data Scientist, Adam Sonty, participated in an analytics challenge during the virtual 2020 Sounders FC Soccer Analytics Conference last month. The Seattle Sounders challenged analytics enthusiasts to use data visualization to tell a story and deliver insights that help decision-making processes of key stakeholders at the club.

For Adam’s submission, he wanted to show how defensive positioning can impact goal-scoring opportunity, so he used player-tracking data of attacking sequences by Liverpool FC to create a statistic called “goal control,” that quantifies the amount of the goal that a player controls. He then used goal control to visualize how defensive players obstruct attackers’ view of the goal. The hope is that statistics like goal control can eventually lead to more meaningful metrics to describe the quality of a shot. Adam finished in the top 4 of the competition!