Does Footedness Really Matter?

Virgil Van Dijk’s assist against Bayern Munich
Laporte’s long pass against Newcastle United

Data:

Assumptions:

Method:

Fig 1 : Field Division into eight regions

Metrics Computed — preference and offensive value per progressive pass:

Fig 2 : Equation for Preference
Fig 3 : Equation for OVPP
Fig 4: Equation for value of an action
Fig 5: Equation for value of a game state

Visualisations and Inferences:

Fig 6.1 : Preference vs Offensive Value per Progressive Pass in Left Flank region
Fig 6.2 : Preference vs Offensive Value per Progressive Pass in Left Central region
Fig 6.3 : Preference vs Offensive Value per Progressive Pass in Right Central region
Fig 6.4 : Preference vs Offensive Value per Progressive Pass in Right Flank region
Fig 7: Median values for Preference and OVPP across different regions and preferred feet

Experiments:

Fig 8: Comparing Laporte’s (left-footed) and Otamendi’s (right-footed) preference and OVPP across different regions
Fig 9: Otamendi’s and Laporte’s Region Wise Preference
Fig 10: Comparing Laporte’s (left-footed) and Ake (left-footed) preference and OVPP across different regions
Fig 11: Ake’s and Laporte’s Region Wise Preference
Fig 12: Ake’s (LCB) and Laporte’s (L_CB) Region Wise OVPP

Conclusion and Future Work

Acknowledgement

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