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The Premier League’s Elite

Netted winning results by embracing big data. 

The Premier League’s Elite

Netted winning results by embracing big data. 

Who: Leicester City and Manchester City FC

The Story: Analytics have penetrated all levels of soccer in recent years, but for the teams in the world’s premier soccer league, advanced stats are critical to success. 

We were all riveted by Leicester City’s improbable run at the Premier League title, but what their performance analysts do behind the scenes is just as captivating. Possessing a number of sophisticated and analytical tools, the team was able to devise highly effective game plans and even found ways to keep their players healthy. 

In fact, by late April, Leicester City had accumulated fewer injuries than every other club in the Premier League, according to Physioroom.com.

Leicester City isn’t the only team to embrace the power of big data. Manchester FC is recognized as one of the world’s most technologically focused soccer academies in the world. Analytics are so ingrained in their culture that they are hosting a “hackathon” at their facilities later this summer. 

It isn’t a coincidence these two clubs finished at or near the top of the standings this past season. 

“We can pick out key points. If a player is losing individual battles and aerial duels, we can help provide the evidence for the manager. Or if the opposition’s chances are being created from similar situations, we can bring that to the manager’s attention as well.” – Peter Clark, performance analyst for Leicester City

More from Hudl 100: Highlighting Sports and Technology's Key Players

Teams

01The Premier League's Elite

Netted winning results by embracing big data. 

02Montverde Academy

Provided a template on fostering a culture of competitiveness.

03Hartpury College

Utilized technology to drive player development. 

04College Football’s Social Club

Engaged the football community through innovative content. 

05University of Puget Sound

Proved that state-of-the-art video solutions aren’t just for the “big” schools. 

06Surf Soccer

Produced winning training programs through the use of performance analysis tools. 

07Sporting CT

Implemented a detailed and consistent academy structure that helps create technically efficient players who love the game of soccer. 

08New York Soccer Club

Fostered a winning environment for players through a detailed curriculum. 

09War-Chief Booster Club

Built a sense of enthusiasm for athletic programs through donations. 

10Sports Performance Analysis Educators

Empowered individuals interested in careers in sports performance analysis. 

11Jenks High School Football

Showed how the term “elite” doesn’t just apply to professional sports teams. 

12Sydney FC

Provided innovative educational opportunities for coaches and players within their academy structure. 

13Merseyside Nighthawks Football

Collaborated with developers in order to make better products for the football community.

14Opelika High School

Leveraged their video analysis expertise to put their players in the best position to win.

15Graham High School

Engaged players through the use of video analysis tools. 

16Sandringham TAC Football Club

Pioneered new teaching techniques for their league. 

17Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club

Helped progress the level of play in Australia.

18The Southport School

Fostered an environment for their athletes to thrive on and off the field. 

19DeMatha High School

Promoted player development through the use of video technology. 

20Wichita East H.S. Basketball

Developed a winning culture through the use of advanced stats. 

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