The European Football Championship for Women, in the Netherlands this summer, is the background for a large and innovative data research project. The Dutch football union is working together with Leiden University and Sportinnovator. The research is expected to uncover links that have thus far remained hidden.
Optimise the game
To be able to perform optimally in top sport calls for optimal conditions. In the past, good shoes and a decent ball were enough, but today help comes from super computers. Scientists at Leiden University’s Sport Data Center know how to use the data to optimise the game. A large data study is expected to give new insights.
Extreme computing power
‘What we do, is look at football from a mathematical point a view,’ says Professor Joost Kok, ‘as if the players are moving parts.’ Kok’s computers have an extreme computing power. ‘We can see what the players are doing with respect to each other, how they cooperate and what patterns can be observed – and whether certain actions lead to the result you want. That can help in making a plan for field tactics. In the long run, it can also improve scouting, training and coaching.’