At ModernFitba.com we want to take statistical analysis of Scottish Football to a whole new level.
With the help of Stratabet's sharing of free data the football analytics community in Scotland has been able to take big steps over the last few years, and their services was cornerstone when it came to the creation of Modern Fitba last year.
In October Strata decided to close down their football operations and with it our access to the data.
For us at Modern Fitba this is a key moment.
We could soldier on with the very limited amount of public information out there for Scottish football, unable to build on the work we’ve done so far. We could simply cease the stat side of the site and try to find another hobby.
Or we can decide to make this not the end, but the start of something even better.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been in talk with providers about buying a level of data for Scottish football that would significantly surpass even what we had from Stratabet. It would give us an insight into every single action taken on and with the ball throughout a game. With it, we can take great leaps in the coverage of Scottish football through statistical analysis, including:
- Further development of advanced stats such as Expected Goals (xG) for both team and players. - Expected Passing model (xP) measuring the difficulty and quality of each pass – which would be the first public work on this for Scottish Football. - Maps illustrating passing, possession and chance creation patterns. - More complete goalkeeper analysis: shot-stopping, distribution and cross handling. - Advanced set-piece analysis, detailing what teams do on corners, free-kick and throw-ins.
With this information we can keep translating raw data into original stories about the Scottish game, hopefully remaining a small but unique part of the Scottish football family.
But first, we need to raise £2,000.
At this point, the only ‘reward’ to those of you kind enough to donate is a free website that can keep adding something unique to the overall coverage of Scottish football and take the statistically analysis of the game in this country to a whole new level.
But for now we’re just a bunch of nerds standing in front of the Scottish football family asking them to love us. And contribute some money.