What Happened Next? Using Deep Learning to Value Defensive Actions in Football Event-Data

@article{Merhej2021WhatHN,
  title={What Happened Next? Using Deep Learning to Value Defensive Actions in Football Event-Data},
  author={Charbel Merhej and Ryan Beal and S. Ramchurn and Tim Matthews},
  journal={Proceedings of the 27th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery \& Data Mining},
  year={2021}
}
Objectively quantifying the value of player actions in football (soccer) is a challenging problem. To date, studies in football analytics have mainly focused on the attacking side of the game, while there has been less work on event-driven metrics for valuing defensive actions (e.g., tackles and interceptions). Therefore in this paper, we use deep learning techniques to define a novel metric that values such defensive actions by studying the threat of passages of play that preceded them. By… Expand

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