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  • 16 Jul 2020

    The Future of Leagues: Part II

    The Coronavirus crisis has thrown leagues under the spotlight, as key decision maker contemplate how competitions protect the health and future of the sport. We sat down with Jacco Swart (MD, European Leagues), Jeff Agoos (Senior Vice President, MLS), and Heather Cowan (Head of Women’s Football, Tottenham Hotspur) to discuss the how leagues can innovate in order to stay relevant and […]

  • 09 Jul 2020

    The Future of Leagues: Part I

    The Coronavrius crisis has thrown leagues under the spotlight, as key decision makers contemplate how competitions protect the health and future of the sport. We sat down with Jacco Swart (MD, European Leagues), Jeff Agoos (Senior Vice President, MLS), and Heather Cowan (Head of Women’s Football, Tottenham Hotspur) to discuss how the erosion of competitive balance in the global football landscape […]

  • 28 May 2020

    Ballon d’Or 2023

    The last 2 months have given us time to reflect on improving old processes but with football beginning to return we wanted to shift our attention to the future. Specifically, we wanted to look at the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award a player can win, and ask ourselves, what could it look like […]

  • 26 Mar 2020

    One year later

    Postponing UEFA EURO 2020 until next summer may be disappointing for fans and players, but it was ultimately the only decision. Now national teams and coaches have the unique opportunity of planning for two major tournaments back to back, with the World Cup taking place the following year in Qatar. So what will the extra […]

  • 04 Mar 2020

    Insights from Asia: Better together

    One of the biggest opportunities for clubs in growing football markets like Asia is to work with the league to help grow the value of the competition. Broadcast rights are an increasingly significant source of revenue for Asian clubs meaning that helping to grow the value of those rights at a league level will ultimately […]

  • 28 Nov 2019

    Be the Airbnb of football

    There are conventions that govern any industry. In the world of hotels, one convention is that you own real estate. Another is that you have someone greet guests to check them in. There are countless others – or there were, until Airbnb decided to break them. They effectively asked: what if you didn’t have real […]

  • 07 Nov 2019

    The disappearance of the number 10

    The number 10 has often been seen as the most creative and flamboyant player on the pitch. Graceful movement and a deft touch, they opened up the possibility of football being an art where simplicity should be treasured. But what’s happened to the trequartista, enganche or free-role playmaker over the years since the game has […]

  • 03 Oct 2019

    One-hit wonders

    Benchmarking the productivity of our academy can be tough. Only a small number of players might break through to our first team, and it’s not always easy keeping track of departed players. What’s more, we often only immediately recall a handful of players produced – but do they actually represent the wider productivity of the […]

  • 05 Sep 2019

    The fixture skew

    We know that the league table at the start of the season is skewed by the quality of opponents that we have faced, and we often accordingly urge caution. But rather than ignore the table altogether, the use of predictive models can help us better assess results to date and, crucially, potential results to come.

    In […]

  • 04 Jul 2019

    How good will de Ligt be?

    When Matthijs de Ligt eventually signs for Juventus, for a reported €80m, the consensus opinion will be that they’ve bought the best under 21 defender in the world, and a player that is likely to become the best centre back in the world. But how certain can we be that this will be the case?

    How […]