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Originally Posted by Mathletic
btw, basketball has pretty much taken over for baseball in statistical analysis. At the recent MIT conference on sports analytics most papers were on basketball and there's tons of other good papers published every month. So, when you work at it, it's quite evident you can do statistical analysis in flowing sports team. That said, hockey is different but I'm finding it "easier" to analyse even than basketball.

I'm still not entirely convinced statistical analysis can work for soccer, concepts like shooting percentage and balls lost/recovered are just far less meaningful than they are in basketball or hockey. Hockey is closer to basketball here, there's far more stoppage and less players meaning more emphasis on individual variables. Perhaps someone will prove me wrong someday but I have yet to see proof that soccer can be quantified.