The Sports Archives – Data and Football (Soccer) – The Unlikely Marriage!

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20 years ago you would face being laughed out of the room if you suggested using data to help improve your game in football. However this unlikely marriage of a game of passion with a realm of statistics has been enabled by a digital revolution, that has brought logic and relevance to the latter. With sophisticated sports analysis software making sense of the numbers, every level of this sporting world is able to utilise historical and current data to improve performance and make informed decisions.

A Football Field of Facts and Figures

Data can and is collected on pretty much every aspect of this complex sport. From club level information of league tables and goals scored, to individual statistic on each player, once upon a time it would have taken an experienced analyst to decipher all of this information.

And why is it so essential? Knowing who’s played which games, which players are performing well and which ones need improvement, tracking physical fitness and monitoring the overall performance of the club enables identification of both strong and weak points. By doing so, areas for improvement can quickly be addressed, supported by evidence rather than trial and error. As a result, the whole organisation can move forward with a confident strategy for sporting success.

A Digital Age

One of the biggest problems that football clubs had in the past was filtering the data, trends and key information that was picked up through data analysis down to every level of the organisation. However this is where digital technology steps in. Sports analysis software can be tailored for use of everyone within the club, allowing communication between every level with ease.

Communication is inseparable from the whole process of progress in a sporting organisation, and such software ingrates this with data, analysis and management all in one. This allows those at the top to take care of organisation and strategy, managing the recruitment and transfers and well as the day-to-day running of the club. Meanwhile the coaches and manager are able to communicate these strategies to the team, and the players themselves are able to absorb feedback.

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As communication works both ways, players can also keep the club updated with their fitness and well-being, allowing the organisation to track the performance of individuals to avoid over-training and maximise fitness levels. This can be tracked against match performance, to pick out underlying issues and take a comprehensive approach to training and player management. In doing so, it soon becomes clear that football is as much a science as a sport. And using technology to this end can create a recipe for success.

If your organisation hasn’t adopted the use of sports analysis software yet, don’t get left in the dark ages. Whether yours is a professional football team or an up-and-coming university organisation, such tools can benefit any sports club, not just in football but throughout rest of the sporting world too. Give it a go and see how far it takes you.

Article written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam. This article is written with useful information from The Sports Office.

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The Sports Archives – The Top Surfing Destinations In The World!

  1. The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Your limit.  This is the home to many surfing professionals so don’t get carried away with your abilities as a surfer if you’re still relatively new to the sport.

The North Shore of Oahu offers a seven-mile stretch of perhaps the very best waves in the world.  Between Ka’ena Point and Kahuku Point are breaks such as the Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay.  The surfing pros hit town during the winter season and the place really comes alive with surfing’s prestigious Triple Crown contest, being held here annually in December.

  1. Bali, Indonesia

Can get crowded in peak season and certain spots like Uluwatu can be dangerous if you’re and inexperienced surfer.

Bali is a paradise for surfers and the surrounding islands have some great surfing beaches too.  Keramas beach is a popular spot for advanced surfers – it has an excellent reefbreak and offers constant waves and a big swell.  While Kuta beach is favored by those new to surfing with tamer conditions.

  1. The Gold Coast, Australia

This is a busy spot for surfing; there’s 500,000 plus locals vying for waves – and that’s not counting visiting surfers.

The Gold Coast boasts 57 kilometers of pristine coastline that’s home to some of the best surf breaks in the world – like the Superbank that stretches from Snapper Heads to Greenmount and Burleigh Point – probably the world’s best right-hand point break.

  1. Hossegor, France

The language – if you don’t speak French, you may not get as welcoming a vibe as others who do.

This surfing spot has been dubbed the “surfing capital of Europe” and people come from miles around to watch the pros ride tubes here.  Winters can be cold here and can provide some dangerous surfing conditions with massive storm swells slamming the beaches on a weekly basis.

  1. Easter Cape, South Africa

Cold Water and heavy waves to be expected.

South Africa’s coastline is defined by a series of points and bays and it has loads to offer surfers.  In particular, Jeffreys Bay is a top destination and boasts long fast barrels, magna tubes, and even super tubes.

  1. Sligo, Ireland

Cold water and harsh weather conditions.

Ireland, known among surfers as “Europe’s cold-water Indonesia”, has become a mecca for surfers over the past 10 years, boasting big waves and beautiful surroundings.  Of course, you will have to come prepared for the harsh weather conditions and expect rain – plenty of it – but if you’re truly passionate about surfing, you’ll appreciate what the Emerald Eye and especially Sligo, has to offer.

Read more about these destinations and what the experts say on the below infographic brought to you by Total Surfing Fitness.

Total Surfing Fitness IG August final

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The Sports Archives – 21 Football (Soccer) Hell Raisers!

Over the 50 years we have seen some absolute crazy footballers whose contribution to the game is still something often spoken about. It was tough but this infographic contains information about 21 football Hell Raisers.

Read about “El Loco” Rene Higuita and jailbird Frank McAvennie.  George Best, who gave up women and alcohol and then when on to say that it was the worst 20 minutes of his life!  Let’s not forget the drug problems of Diego Maradona and Robin Friday;  the anger  management issues of Joey Barton, Mario Balotelli and Roy Keane.    There are the alcoholics, the criminals, the animals, the womanizers and there is downright crazy Luis Suarez who likes to bite his opponents when they are not looking!

Read about it in this infographic brought to you by The Stonk:

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The Sports Archives – Choosing The Right Motorcycle Saddlebag!

You need to trust motorcycle luggage experts to choose the right select of saddlebags. While shopping for motorcycle saddlebags, you’ll come across many options that make it difficult to make the correct choice. We’ve broken all of these options down into five simple questions. First, does your bike have an exposed shock? Second, how much storage space do you need. We offer size options from small to extra-large. Third, do you want a plain or a studded pair of bags? How about buckles? Fourth, what type of mounting would you like your saddlebags to have? Fifth, do you want your saddlebag to be lockable? After answering these few questions you have now filtered down your search and are ready to select your design.  After that, you are good to go, or should we say roll!

There are 5 main things you need to consider when ordering your saddlebags:

1. Type of Saddlebags:

  • - Shock Cut-Out
  • - No Shock Cut-Out

2. Capacity of Saddlebags:

  • - Small
  • - Medium
  • - Large
  • - Extra Large

3. Style of Saddlebags:

  • - Plain vs. Studded
  • - Buckles vs. No Buckles

4. What Type of Mounting is Offered?:

  • - Throw-Over
  • - Hard-Mount
  • - Quick Disconnect System

5. Are They Lockable?:

  • - Padlock
  • - Keylock

Viking Bags have created a new info-graphic to assist Motorcycle riders for choosing the best saddlebags for their specific need and type of Motorcycle. Viking Bags are experts in Motorcycle Luggage, like Street, Cruiser and Sports motorcycle luggage.

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The Sports Archives – The History Of Hockey In Canada

The following is a timeline which marks some of the most famous historical events that were instrumental in the evolvement of the sport of hockey in Canada.   The game was first called shinny or hurly and was played in Nova Scotia by British soldiers and also by immigrants from Iceland.  The word ‘Shinny’ is Canadian slang for an informal or pick-up ice or street hockey game.

1875 – The first recorded hockey game was played in an indoor rink between two teams at Victoria Rink in Montreal.

1892 – The first documented women’s game is held in Barrie, Ontario.

1892 – Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada, an avid hockey enthusiast donated a trophy, known today as the Stanley Cup.

1893 – The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association became the first team to win the Stanley Cup.

1894 – A female club team, the Love-Me-Littles, is formed in defiance of the Archbishop at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

1917 – The creation of the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the initial clubs,  marked a major milestone in the sport’s organization and development.

1924 – The NHL expands into the US with the Boston Bruins joining the league.

1926 – The Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers join the NHL and establish the initial six teams later dubbed the ‘original six’.

1967 – The first major expansion of the NHL doubled the league size by adding 6 more US-based teams: the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the California Seals and the St. Louis Blues.

1970 – The first Canadian expansion team to join the NHL is the Vancouver Canucks along with the border city Buffalo Sabres also becoming a member.

1990 – Canada wins the gold medal in the first Women’s World Hockey Championship; a success the Canadian National Women’s Team repeated in 1992 and 1994.

1994 – Hockey was declared Canada’s national winter sport.

The following infographic brought to you by Tucker Hockey, illustrates more interesting facts about hockey and the NHL including NHL top player salaries, NHL most valuable teams and NHL top scorers for the money!

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The Sports Archives – What Is Kite Surfing?

What is Kite Surfing?

Kite surfing is a water sport that uses a board and a kite to travel across the water. In order to kite surf you balance on the board as the power of the wind causes the kite to move. The speed that you will travel depends on the strength of the wind and the angle at which the kite is held.

Who can take part in kite surfing?

The kites come in a variety of different sizes and this means that they are suitable for riders of all different builds. It may not be suitable for very young children but most instructors will accept students that are aged ten and over, and many people continue to kite surf into their sixties and seventies. You do not need to have any experience of kite surfing to get started, so it is an ideal water sport for people of all abilities.

Kite Surfing

What equipment is needed?

The main equipment that you will need is the board and the kite itself, as well as a harness which attaches to the kite. As it is certain that you will be getting wet, specialist clothing is also a good idea. An h2o sports men’s wetsuit can be a good choice as this will keep you entire body protected while you are out on the water. Generally speaking the equipment needed for kite surfing is very easy to transport as the kite can be compressed into a small bag and the board is relatively small as well.

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The Sports Archives – The Player Who Hit For Opposing Teams In The Same Game!

Minor league baseball in the Americas consists of a list of leagues that compete at various skill levels.  The minor leagues prepare players for the major leagues by providing for further maturity and talent development.  The leagues are divided into three league types: Class A, Double-A and Triple-A, with least experienced players competing at the Class A level.  Some of the other countries besides the U.S. that supply players to the minor leagues are Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Minor League BallgameBeing a minor league player in any sport is a very challenging and exciting experience for an athlete. Those that work hard and maintain complete focus on the finish line are usually the ones that make it to the major leagues. Sometimes it also takes a bit of luck and just plain being in the right place at the right time. If you can’t get that lucky break, you may get well-traveled throughout the minors. This was the case of Dale Holman, a minor league baseball player who is at the center of a very odd coincidence in baseball.

An International League BallparkThe story goes like this:

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