In Football Tactics

Frankfurt am Main
04.02. - 31.08. 2020
Technologie & Equipment
Fredi Bobic steht neben Pascal Bauer vor einem Hackathon² Banner und redet während seiner Rede mit ihm. © 2020 Getty Images

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.

Impressions of the Hackathon²


Thomas Broich

Founder and CEO of zonal.ly GmbH | upcoming Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt U15.
Das Bild zeigt ein Portrait von jerome Polenz.

Jerome Polenz

Founder and CEO of zonal.ly GmbH | upcoming Coach of Eintracht Frankfurt U15.

Matthias Borst

Eintracht Frankfurt | Head of playing style and philosophy.

Gabor Ruhr

Eintracht Frankfurt | Match Analyst.

Marco Schuster

Eintracht Frankfurt | Match Analyst.

James Barber

SBG Sports Software

Review Final Event

Seven months after kick-off the final event took place at the 28th of August. After welcome speeches by our special guests Tobias Haupt, Fredi Bobic and Oliver Bierhoff the TOP 5 teams presented their results to the jury. Rasmus Ankersen, Sebastian Zelichowski, Dr. Hendrik Weber and Christofer Clemens asked questions, discussed the results and evaluated the presentations, so in the end a winner could be chosen. The team of Felix Schmidt and Kirill Serykh (see picture below) was able to convince the jury the most with their work on the Goalie Challenge. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic no spectators could be on site, so the whole event was streamed via live stream and interested people from all over the world (see picture above) could attend. An insight into the final event can be found in this Video.

Moderatoren / Speaker

Oliver Bierhoff

Oliver Bierhoff

General Manager National Teams and Academy | DFB

Fredi Bobic

Fredi Bobic

Boardmember | Eintracht Frankfurt

Rasmus Ankersen

Rasmus Ankersen

Author, Entrepreneur, Chairman | FC Midtylland

Christopher Clemens

Christopher Clemens

Head of Match Analysis and Scouting | DFB

Sebastian Zelichowski

Sebastian Zelichowski

Advisor to the Executive Board Eintracht Frankfurt (Former Head of Match Analysis)

Dr. Hendrik Weber

Dr. Hendrik Weber

Managing Director| Sportec Solutions

    • 15:00 – 15:15 Uhr | Welcome Speeches

    • 15:15 – 15:30 Uhr | What happened so far? Hackathon ² in a Nutshell

    • 15:30 – 15:45 Uhr | Jury Introduction

    • 15:45 – 16:15 Uhr | Team 1 – Goalie challenge

    • 16:15 – 16:45 Uhr | Team 2 – Set-piece Report

    • 16:45 – 17:00 Uhr | Coffee Break

    • 17:00 – 17:30 Uhr | Team 3 – Packing 2.0

    • 17:30 – 18:00 Uhr | Team 4 – Interactive Workload Report

    • 18:00 – 18:30 Uhr | Team 5 – Expected Possession Value

    • 18:30 – 18:45 Uhr | Final Break

    • 18:45 – 19:00 Uhr | Jury Recap and Decision

    • 19:00 – 19:15 Uhr | Winner Announcement and Closing

  • 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

This picture shows a time lapse of the Hackathon².

The Hackathon² merged 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

Kick-off Hackathon²

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”.

Zu sehen ist eine Bild Collage der Hackathon Teilnehmer im Rahmen der StayAtHome aktion.

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.

The participants of the second Hackthon together in one collage and wearing their first Jersey.
The participants of the second Hackthon together in one collage and wearing their first Jersey.

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?“.

The last Keynote of the Hackathon² - Keynote #3 - took place on 19th of June as a video conference. Like in the past sessions the attendees were asked to participate in our selfie challenge. This time they should show us their home office set up and of all submitted pictures another collage was created.As start the participants were welcomed by one of our special guests: Oliver Bierhoff, who thanked both the participants and the partners (Eintracht Frankfurt, Sportec Solutions) and also explained the important relevance of applied data-science for the DFB and our national teams. This relevance was also underpinned by the presence of two more special guests - Marcus Sorg and Toni Di Salvo. After the introduction three presentations were held. David Quartey (North Yard Analytics) talked about „How do attacking and defending strategies affect goalscoring opportunities from throw-ins?”. After this Jannis Scheibe (DFB) gave insights into data-driven match analysis in the German U21 National Team. The last presentation was about “Going deep into match analysis with context and off-ball metrics“ held by Sergio Llana Pérez from FC Barcelona. In this context Sergio presented how the Barca Innovation Hub data analytics department is structured and how they already support their teams and coaches.

Hackathon 2 - More Infos to come.
Hackathon 2 - More Infos to come.