The job of an analyst in professional football, whether that be in performance or recruitment, is multifaceted, highly skilled and – in particular – time-consuming.
The sheer amount of work that goes into collating and analysing data to a high standard of output can often go unnoticed by the casual observer.
Opposition teams and players need to be dissected before matches, while the club’s coaching, sports science and medical staff (among others) need information on their own team’s performances after the full-time whistle – not to mention round-the-clock data on their players and any potential transfer targets. The list could go on.
At the highest level, getting those processes right consistently lays the groundwork for clubs to achieve their goals in what is a game of fine margins – but collating and visualising the relevant numbers can be an arduous task.
We take a look at how Power Reports can increase the efficiency of a club’s analysis process.
What are Power Reports?
Essentially, Power Reports automate the production of an analyst’s report.
They can be put together with a minimum of fuss – freeing up much of the time that was previously lost to admin work.
The tool is capable of compiling multiple data sources into a detailed, customised report within eight to 10 minutes – some functions, such as the instant post-match report, can take less than 30 seconds.
This removes the need for the painstaking procedure of setting up and adding data to each page individually before manually compiling it.
It is important to note that Power Reports are not simply a ‘lite’ version of the type of reports club analysts put together.
Quality is not sacrificed for the sake of speed here.
Power Reports’ capacity to combine different sources of data into a valuable and visually attractive output makes it a unique tool.
In line with our Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) concept, the Toolbox is able to generate a custom Power Report that combines event data with tracking data or GPS data – and can even use tracking data to create new visualisations and metrics.
The tool provides bespoke reports tailored to the brand guidelines and unique specifications of the analyst or club, enabling them to select the most important or relevant metrics rather than sifting through a template that does not suit their purposes precisely.
Additionally, these customised reports are visually appealing and intuitive, helping analysts or coaches communicate the ideas drawn from the numbers to their players.
Power Reports have the potential to save analysts significant amounts of time each week.
Detailed data analysis reports can take hours to put together manually – meaning having the process automated in less than 10 minutes is a genuine game-changer in terms of efficiency, allowing a greater focus on the game without the need for designers or developers.
With barely a handful of clicks, the Twenty3 Toolbox will begin generating the chosen report, streamlining the process in a consistent, reliable manner.
With that time freed up, analysts will have room to focus on drawing more specific conclusions, poring over the numbers in search of a way to provide their team with a competitive edge on the field.
To find out more about Twenty3’s Power Reports, get in touch below and let us know how we can help you automate your data production.