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Exploiting Inefficiencies at Set Pieces (Sloan)

By: Stats Perform

During the 2016-17 Premier League season, 16% of all goals scored came from corners and free kicks. However some teams proved more adept than others at generating opportunities from these situations.

Stats Perform’s 2018 Research Paper, titled ‘Mythbusting Set-Pieces in Soccer’ was co-authored by Paul Power, Jennifer Hobbs, Hector Ruiz, Xinyu Wei and Patrick Lucey and introduced a novel, imaged-based representation approach for analysing set-piece situations.

Using a combination of tracking and event data, the paper presents a framework for detecting a team’s defensive set-piece structure, with the objective of exploiting inefficiencies and maximising goalscoring opportunities.

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