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Training Ground Guru - October 13, 2020

Ben Mackriell: Why shape (not formation) matters

By: Ben Mackriell

WE'VE been having a fascinating discussion internally at Stats Perform over the last 12 months about the following question: are formation and shape essentially the same thing?

Through conversations with coaches as well as carrying out our own analysis, the conclusion we've come to is that they are actually very different. Formation is essentially a set of data labels we’ve applied as coaches or analysts to try and quantify the position of players within a structure.

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