Books "Numbers Game" is an introduction to soccer analytics for a general audience.

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


“The Numbers Game,” by Chris Anderson and David Sally

This summer, World Cup fans around the world tuned into the tournament to discover just how data-driven soccer has become over the last four years. But the most astute fans learned about the role of data in the sport in summer 2013, with the release of  Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer is Wrong. The book is an introduction to soccer analytics for a general audience and it uses data to tackle a variety of deeply-held fan theories about the best way to play the game, from the importance of corner kicks to the most effective kind of throw-ins. Written by former professional goalkeeper Chris Anderson and behavioral game theorist David Sally, Numbers Game answers many questions about the sport while making the reader wonder what other insights might still be hiding in player statistics.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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