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Subject key:

  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Computing

Student age:

  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+
Football between the goalposts

Analysing the Game

Science Engineering Diploma Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14 Appropriate for children aged 14 to 16

Type: StarterDuration: 60 mins

This resource explores the use of Opta Sports data - the technology behind football match analysis.

Opta Sports Data uses leading edge technology to compile team and player performance data for a range of sports and has quickly become a staple for a variety of organisations. These range from broadcasters using the data to develop innovative television graphics solutions, to coaches using the information to monitor and compare team and player performances from week to week.

Every touch of the ball can be monitored live from over 2,000 games of football a year resulting in over 4,000,000 individual events. Opta provides the full analysis from the English Premier League, Italy's Series A, the German Bundesliga, France's Ligue One and the UEFA Champions League.

In the information age, Opta data has become business critical to both media and sports professionals alike who rely on the innovation and information to evolve and stay ahead of the competition.

This resource allows you to explore the research behind this technology and provides you and your students first-hand information directly from our interviews with the engineers and sports professionals involved.

The video below can be used as a great starter to a lesson and raise some interesting questions among students which may then be answered within our supporting materials and career profiles.

Opta Sports data uses leading edge technology to compile team and player performance data for a range of sports and has quickly become a staple for a variety of organisations. These range from broadcasters using the data to develop innovative television graphics solutions, to coaches using the information to monitor and compare team and player performances from week to week.

In the information age, Opta data has become business critical to both media and sports professionals alike who rely on the innovation and information to evolve and stay ahead of the competition.

This resource allows you to explore the research behind this technology and provides you and your students first-hand information directly from our interviews with the engineers and sports professionals involved.

The video below can be used as a great starter to a lesson and raise some interesting questions among students which may then be answered within our supporting materials and career profiles.

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