Performa Sports, Ulster University and The Irish News team up for the Ulster Football Championship

We are deligthed to have teamed up with Ulster University and The Irish News to analyse the 2017 Ulster Senior Football Championship. The coverage will include half-time and full-time stats followed by further post-game analysis of individual player performances based on an objective set of key performance indicators (KPIs). As the Championship progresses we will be building up a hub of performance data and observations to plot the journey of the two eventual finalists (Thomas Hawkins, Sports Editor of The Irish News with Joe Turley of Performa Sports, pictured below).

Ulster Championship stats partnership with Irish News and Ulster University

Ulster SFC Fixtures and Match Stats Reports 

Our Process

We live tag games using the Performa Sports iPad app and export the half-time and full-time stats into the Performa Sports stats reporter for the Irish News to share online and incorporate in their print editions. Data visualisation and helping to bring meaning to numbers is a very important element for us and through the Championship we are aiming to improve on this further, so all feedback is welcome.

After the game we import the game video into the Performa Sports iPad app and sync both the data and video together to create our video analysis. We then over-tag on top of the video, secondary events in relation to the major events that were tracked live and add more detail to individual player events. This includes individual player possessions which we watch back on the Performa Sports iPad app in double time to make the process more efficient.

The full post-game analysis is exported to the Performa Sports stats reporter which extends its reporting further between selected data sets and individual player events. This includes an MVP (Most Valuable Player) per team based on the calculation of a weigthed scoring against individual player events - PSR (Performa Sports Rating). 

Part of our process may be limited however by accessibility to video footage, which in the main will be broadcast based and not ideal to accurately capture all individual incidents due to replays and camera switches. 

GAA Stats Analysis using Performa Sports iPad app and cloud platform

What we're tracking - Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

We have selected a set of KPIs that we hope will be appealing and of interest to fans and participants of the Ulster Football Championship. Please see KPI definitions below:

Event Name Outcome Assign to which Team PSR Value Definition
Kickout Won clean Home 1 A kickout won clean in the air by a home player
  Lost clean Oppostion 1 A kickout won clean in the air by an opposition player
  Break won Home 1 A kickout breaking ball won by a home player
  Break lost Oppostion 1 A kickout breaking ball won by an opposition player
  Won short Home 1 A kickout short within the 45 won by a home player
  Lost short Oppostion 1 A kickout short within the 45 won by the opposition player
  Sideline ball Home 0 A GK kicks the ball over the sideline
         
Attacks Kick retained Home 1 An Attack is when a player enters the opposition's 45 of the pitch - Kick retained is when a player who wins the ball in the forward line
  Kick lost Home 0 A player who kicks the ball into the forward line but the possession is lost
  Carry retained Home 1 A player who carries/solos the ball over the 45 yd line
  Carry lost Home 0 A player who attemps to carry the ball over the 45 yd line but is tackled or dispossed and loses possession
         
Shot from play Point Home 1 A shot over the bar
  Goal Home 3 A shot underneath the bar for a goal
  Wide Home 0 A shot is put wide of the goal
  Save Home 0 A GK saves a shot from the opposition attacker
  Short Home -1 A shot that drops short to the opposition GK
  Woodwork Home 0 A shot which hits the woodwork and goes back into play
  Blocked Home 0 A shot which is blocked by a defender
  45 Home 0 A shot which goes over the end line that was last touched by an opposition player so the ball is taken from the 45 yd line as a free kick
         
Scoreable free Point Home 1 A scoreable free that is put over the bar
  Goal Home 3 A scoreable free or penalty which results in a goal
  Wide Home 0 A scoreable free put wide of the posts
  Save Home 0 A scoreable free or penalty which is saved by the GK
  Short Home -1 A scoreable free which drops short to the opposition GK or short of the goal which is then contested by the outfield players
  Woodwork Home 0 A scoreable free which hits the woodwork and comes back into play
  45 Home 0 A scoreable free which is deflected off an opposition player for a resulting 45 yd free kick
  Quick free Home 0 A scoreable free which is taken quickly or short to pass the ball to another player and is not an attempted shot
         
Score source Kickout Home - The score originated from winning our own kickout
  Opp Kickout Home - The score originated from winning the opposition kickout
  Possession lost Home - The score originated from the opposition giving the ball away
  Turnover Home - The score originated from the opposition losing the ball in the tackle from one of our players
  Shot Short Home - The score originated from the opposition dropping a shot short
  Free from play Home - The score originated from a free from open play (outside the scoreable zone)
  Throw Up/In Home - A score originated from the ref throw-in or throw-up ball
         
Tackle Contact Home 1 A contact tackle is an attempt to tackle the opposition that results in the opposition player losing possession, giving possession away or delays the attacker
  Missed Home -1 A missed tackle is an attempted tackle that misses the opposition player or fails to delay the attacker (token tackle)
         
Free conceded Defensive third Home -1 Conceding a free inside your own 45
  Middle third Home 0 Conceding a free between the two 45 yard lines
  Attacking third Home 0 Conceding a free inside the opppositions 45
  Penalty Home -2 Fouling an opponent inside the penatly area
         
Possession lost Kick pass Home -1 When possession is lost by a kick pass
  Hand pass Home -1 When possession is lost by a hand pass
  Handling Home -1 When possession is lost by mis-handling of the ball
  Turnover Home -1 When possession is lost by an opposition player dispossing your player in the tackle - we track the player who lost this possession
  Interception Home -1 When possession is lost by an interception from an opposition player - we track who kicked the ball into space
  Shot Short Home -1 When possession is lost by a player kicking the ball short of the goal
  Foul Home -2 When a player over carries or picks the ball illegally off the ground and results in the turnover of possession to the opposition
         
Bookings Yellow Home -1 Yellow Card
  Black Home -2 Black Card
  Red Home -3 Red Card
         
Possessions Player Home 1 Everytime a player is in possession of the ball (not including set pieces)
         
Turnovers Won Home 2 Possessions won from the opposition via tackle / interception
         
Score assist Score point Home 1 A player passes the ball for the score or wins the freekick that the score comes from
  Score goal Home 2 A player passes the ball for the score or wins the freekick that the score comes from
         
Goalkeepers Kickout Retained Home 1 If a kickout is retained by the team that kicks the ball out, the goalkeeper is awarded 1 point
  Kickout Lost Home -1 If a kickout is lost by the team that kicks the ball out, the goalkeeper is awarded -1 point
  Save Home 3 If a goalkeeper saves a score bound shot from the opposition


Written by Joe Turley


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