Player Development to Benefit from Data

Pernix' Chairman Cully Cullinen (left) and Director Aaron Reynolds outline how data will benefit player development at Adelaide City. Pic Adam Butler

Player Development to Benefit from Data

Adelaide City FC has announced a partnership with Pernix, a South Australian based big data company, starting from 2019 onwards. On Tuesday night at Adelaide City FC’s “This is Adelaide City – Building the Future” event at Adelaide Convention Centre, the club revealed the partnership which will provide additional perspective, insight and support for player development.

Pernix will give the club a better insight in their football and athletic programs through data science, and is an experienced data-focused organisation that will provide end to end data solutions aimed at driving better sporting outcomes. The company are industry leaders in data sourcing, capture, harvest, transformation, analysis and interpretation blended with deep operational experience across many fields, including advanced analytics and data science, visualisation and mobile reporting and data advisory.

The importance of statistics in world football is is now well established; big data analysis is revolutionising the sport. Leicester City used statistics to sign virtually unknown players in N’Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez – all vital players in their 2015-16 English Premier League title. They embraced data analysis throughout the season through many different metrics and as a result recorded the fewest amount of injuries in the season out of any club. Throughout the season, manager Claudio Ranieri tinkered training sessions and game plans to each statistic provided – ultimately bringing the championship to Leicester for the first time in the club’s 132-year history.

Pernix will provide an approach to creating and updating club data, initially focusing on on-field performance, development programs and individual player support. They will implement a platform which will ultimately help the club’s coaching staff and technical directors make informed decisions about training and playing and will provide greater opportunity for players to develop and reach higher standards.