In Football Tactics

Frankfurt am Main
February - August 2020
Titelfoto Hackathon 2

Welcome to the virtual home of Hackathon²! We are excited to team up with Eintracht Frankfurt and Sportec Solutions to provide you a seven-month data-science and football-tactics extravaganza. Below you will find all of the relevant information for the event concept, timeline, and application.


Review of Keynote #2.5

The extraordinary Keynote #2.5 took place on Friday, 24th of April as a video conference. Once again the participants were asked to participate in our selfie challenge. This time they should show us their oldest jersey and another collage was created. Before start, more than 70 participants were welcomed by Fredi Bobic and then listened to four presentations with thematic focus on the applicability of data in game analysis. James Barber & Ben Hu (SBG Sportssoftware) held a presentation about „Detecting Match Phases with the SBG Match Tracker“. Gabor Ruhr & Marco Schuster (Eintracht Frankfurt) gave an insight into their daily business with "How can data support a Bundesliga-Analyst‘s everyday processes?“ and Matthias Borst (Eintracht Frankfurt) talked about „How can data be used to develop a club‘s playing philosophy?“. The last presentation was held by Jerome Polenz & Thomas Broich (Zonal.ly) who gave an insight in „How can data underpin the tactical analysis of a team?“.

News zum Hackathon

  • Doppelpass beim Databall

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  • DFB-Akademie setzt Hackathon online fort: "Digitale Angebote verstärken"

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  • Aus Big Data wird Smart Data

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  • Kick-off zum zweiten Hackathon der DFB-Akademie

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  • Provide a forum to unite Data-Science & Football communities
  • Curate actionable results for practitioners’ daily business
  • Promote a culture of data-integration in the workflow of professional football teams in Germany
  • Leverage Machine Learning for tactical analysis in cooperation between Clubs, Federation, and League
  • Innovative event format that blends coding, networking, and practical problem solving

The Hackathon will merge the data-science and the football world

    • Data Analysts (Focus Data Modelling)
    • Match Analysts (Focus Football)
    • Participant Support Mentors (machine learning, data visualization, and more)
    • Kick-Off Event at the 2020 "DFB-Pokal" match against RB Leipzig
    • Live challenge and final event at the last match of the season against SC Paderborn
    • Programming in teams of two (data & match analyst) including two live-data challenges
    • Positional- and event data provided by Sportec Solutions (seasons 18/19 and 19/20)
    • Monthly keynotes about data-science in professional football by industry experts
    • World class jury to evaluate the best combination of practicality and science

More details on team setup, expected workload and the potential challenges

Keynote #2: Hackathon stays at Home

The second Keynote took place on Friday, 20th of March. Due to the Corona-Pandemic the Keynote was held online. For takeoff, the participants were asked to take a selfie of their Home office and as result the collage above was created. The participants listened to the presentations of our 2 speakers: Sudarshan Gopaladesikan (Head of Sports Data Scientist for Sport Lisboa e Benfica) gave an insight in his work with his keynote "The utility of data science: A new module in coaches’ education" and Paul Power(Lead AI Scientist at "SatsPerform") talked about "Capturing Context from Data“. After the presentations, the participants were able to ask their questions with a special online tool, so that no "confusion" arose despite 50 online users.

Keynote #1

The first Keynote took place on Friday, 28th of February. The participants listened to the presentations of our 3 speakers: Joris Bekkers (Data-Scientist U.S. Soccer Federation) gave an insight in his work for the U.S. Soccer Federation with his keynote "Practical Applications of Data in Football", Prof. Dr. Ulf Brefeld (Professorship for Business Information Systems and Machine Learning) spoke about "Movement Models: Key to Analysing Positional Data!“, and Gabriel Anzer (Data-Scientist Sportec Solutions GmbH) held a presentation about his job as a Data-Scientist at Sportec Solutions and “Support Match Analysts Processes through Machine Learning Models”.

Kick-off Hackathon²