Don’t Just Be a Fan. It’s Time to Make a Real Difference for Your Team with Data!
By Aditi Bhat
Make your team win by sitting on the bench
Don’t you get a twitch in your legs every time you watch Ronaldo or Neymar dash through the defensive backs to shoot at the goal? Don’t you wish you could support your favourite FIFA team a little more than just wearing the same colour jersey and staying glued to the TV screens?
If the passion for football runs in your blood, don’t just be a fan, give it a purpose by helping your favourite team win and create history with the power of data.
Data science is seen as the invisible golden boot player in FIFA 2018. If you are a data science enthusiast pursuing a big data analytics course in the field, put on your steeds, as you might be the man every FIFA team needs.
Let the numbers do the talking
The FIFA teams have understood the power of data. Top teams like Germany are leveraging data analytics to up their game in new innovative ways. Right from choosing the players with the best records to creating strategies based on game data collected over years, data science is assisting team coaches sway the game towards their side by sitting on the side benches and letting the numbers do the talking.
Let’s look at some of the most impressive ways data science is helping FIFA World Cup teams win.
Help your favorite player avoid injury
Fitness is one of the most important aspects of sports today. Fitness equates to performance and the team’s physical coaches have found a new gym instructor to do the job better. Tech leaders like Microsoft and Kitman Labs are developing high tech equipment that check for a range of parameters every morning when the players check in. These equipment check for ‘imperceptible changes’ in the athlete’s body and create a real time report for the trainers, helping them create routines that work on the athlete’s pinpointed weaknesses and more importantly help players avoid injuries.
“Did you know? Wearable GPS technology can help track players movements, speed, fatigue levels and consequently prevent injuries!”
Help your team play better football
Often data reveals what the eyes cannot simply see. This holds true for football too. What the coaches couldn’t see with their own eyes, data revealed it for them like a secret winning revelation. Germany having won the FIFA trophy thrice before 2014, wanted to get their magical form back. A radical overhaul of the game was initiated by the German football association, and data analytics was introduced as a part of their overall strategy in many ways. Accordingly, it became a major factor for their success in the 2014 tournament.
Help your team understand their targets
Imagine the scoreboard ended square and its penalty shoot out. It will be a game changer if the goalkeeper already knew the favourite spot of each opposition player to net the ball. Predictive insights from data analytics techniques can help goalkeepers dive in the right direction to save a goal and win a cup.
“Did you know? Predictive insights helped Germany’s Manuel Neuer make the right decisions in a shootout vs Italy in 2016!”
The 12th man
Using technology to enhance sports is not a new field. Scientists have used technology to help players improve their game by employing bio mechanics, high speed photography for improving technique and form, better technology in their equipment and even game data analysis to draw better game strategies. If you remember the recent IPL T20 auctions, many teams employed data science to hand pick the winning team for their side. So, if you’d like your team to lift the world cup sometime in the future, take the first steps towards doing just that by enrolling in a comprehensive data science training course!