Data Analysis

Modern day object detection for football

06/06/18 | SciSports

At SciSports and BallJames, we are interested in real-time localization and tracking of football players and the ball using video footage. Deep learning based approaches have dramatically improved object detection in video images throughout the past few years. This is because of the availability of large datasets, as well as the effectiveness of convolutional networks to learn image features that represent objects in those images.

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Meet the Product Owners - Part 1: Maarten Koster

10/04/18 | SciSports

Recently, both Maarten Koster and Andrew Shattock joined SciSports in the role of Product Owner. As a PO they are responsible for combining internal and external knowledge to pinpoint the next steps in the development process of SciSports’ products and services. We talked with them about their backgrounds, job responsibilities and visions. This is part 1 with Maarten Koster.

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Onefootball takes a look into the future with BallJames

16/03/18 | SciSports

Onefootball takes a look behind the scenes of tracking system BallJames at Heracles Almelo during an Eredivisie matchday. During the day several talks were held with, among others, Mark-Jan Fledderus, Technical Manager at Heracles Almelo, and SciSports' CEO, Giels Brouwer.

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5 new signings!

03/11/17 | SciSports

What a month it has been. While we usually search for the brightest talents for our partner clubs, we need the best at SciSports as well. I am delighted to present our new signings at SciSports in our never ending quest to become (or remain) the best sports analytics company in the world. In the past month Marijn Koetzier, Mark Vlutters and Dennis Roerdink joined BallJames, while Lotte Bransen and Ruben Kooijman joined SciSports Intelligence.

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What A Summer!

24/08/17 | SciSports

Only seven days to go. The clock is ticking and even though many competitions already started, the transfer window is still on full speed. Maybe Bryan Adams and Kid Rock might disagree, but the summer of 2017 is way more exciting than the summers of ‘69 or ‘89. Our Datascouts supported clubs in the decision process of over forty transfers. Our Intelligence department launched our new web platform Insight at over sixty clubs in seventeen countries. We installed our patented BallJames system in one of the biggest football stadiums in the world and that made us the first company ever to fully-automatically track a Premier League match in 3D.

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SciSports raises an extra €1.8 million for international roll-out data intelligence in football

30/03/17 | SciSports

Enschede, 23 March 2017 – In a new investment round, SciSports has raised an extra 1.8 million euros with existing and new investors. The new investment will be used to roll-out the SciSkill Index worldwide and implement the BallJames data machine in various stadiums in countries such as England and Germany. In the last few years, SciSports has worked on building the SciSkill Index, a fully automated solution that calculates the quality, talent, and value of every professional football player in the world. With the in-house developed capturing reality technology called BallJames, which generates complete 3D data in real-time, we created a refined total solution that immediately converts events in practice or during the match to useful information and knowledge.

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What a wonderful world!

30/03/17 | SciSports

It’s hard to imagine a better place on this planet to hear the liberating words of our notary Bart Riteco. A few hours before I got to pitch on the biggest and most prestigious sports analytics congress in the world, he told me by phone that all documents were signed and the investment was completed. Four years ago, SciSports did not officially exist and now, with an investment of €1.8 million, we are among the biggest sports analytics companies in the world!

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Three new additions to the SciSports family

17/02/17 | SciSports

SciSports is happy to welcome Sander Boonstra and Rick Krabbendam into the SciSports family, where they will work part-time with the BallJames team. Sander will assist the team in background and foreground subtraction optimization, while Rick will focus on camera calibration. Douwe Dijkink has also joined the Datascouting team as part of his internship.

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SciSports completes signing of Google software engineer

26/01/17 | SciSports

Enschede, 26 januari 2017 – Football data specialist SciSports has added Fernando Jose Iglesias Garcia (27) to their team as a software engineer. After studying telecommunications engineering in Madrid, he obtained his master Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Stockholm, Sweden. In the Netherlands, he worked for Thales. Recently he worked at Amazon Web Services in Cape Town, South Africa and at Google in New York City as a software engineer.

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2017 kickoff: BallJames in Vegas

20/01/17 | SciSports

As a part of the Dutch Startup Pavillion, SciSports was one of the exhibitors in Las Vegas at the CES 2017, the biggest and most important technology tradeshow in the world. With HRH Prins Constantijn van Oranje as a special envoy to lead the mission, we were able to show the world what SciSports can do and, more in particular, what BallJames can do.

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Science supporting football

SciSports makes scientific progress accessible and available for any professional football organization. We advise and build solutions to provide them with the competitive edge they need to maintain or improve their ranking and status.

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