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Guide to Soccer Analytics

It's an evolution that feels like it has taken place overnight.

Soccer analytics and performance tracking are here to stay and their influence on the sport is only growing as clubs seek every competitive edge. It's a field that can be tough to grasp, so we created this resource that takes a complex and veiled topic and hopefully makes it a tad more relatable.

Analytics 101

If you've long wondered what "expected goals" are all about or you want to know where to go for your fill of statistical data, this essential guide, including a glossary of common terms, has you covered.

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Innovation

MLS at the forefront of the analytics revolution: Behind the scenes, MLS is investing significant resources to ensure it remains on the cutting edge of soccer data, analytics and performance tracking. It's all part of a broader league vision that has its clubs and fans top of mind.

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Q&A

Analytics expert answers your questions: Have something you've always wanted to know about the world of soccer analytics? We put a list of fan questions to senior data analyst at Stats Perform, Jonny Whitmore, who tackled them all including the "holy grail."

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Benefits

How analytics impact the game IRL: Data and performance analysts are integrated in every MLS club's sporting operations from player recruitment to video analysis and match insights. We talked to them about tangible examples that show just how their work makes an impact.

CASE STUDIES

Trends

Newest trends in soccer analytics: With 22 players simultaneously making decisions every second over the course of 90 minutes, the data points in soccer are overwhelming. But the advent of player tracking promises to change the game.

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Analysts

Who's your club's expert? The use of analytics is now widespread and in some cases whole teams of analysts are employed to give their team an edge. Here's who's leading the charge in this area for each of MLS's 26 clubs.

MEET THE ANALYSTS

Myths & pet peeves

Revealed! Soccer analytics is a specialized field, but it's also one that's often shrouded in mystery or simply misunderstood. We went behind the curtain and asked analysts to discuss their daily routines and how they see the game.

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