Important! You don’t need prior knowledge about soccer
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In this day and age, the field of sports has transformed in such a way that every aspect is quantified and analysed. The advantage a sprinter has from a good start off the blocks, the importance of brisk counterattacks in soccer, pacing the chase wisely in cricket, and whatever it is you do in basketball – these are all very much measurable.
In this work, we take a look at a one such basic analysis – that of passing the ball to another player on your team in soccer. As already mentioned, soccer knowledge is neither required nor will it give you an advantage.
The domain-specific definitions are provided below:
1. Soccer pitch is the field on which the game is played. I will use the terms pitch and field interchangeably.
2. Goalie (colloquial for goalkeeper) is the player who can hold the ball in the penalty box. Further details about the goalie or penalty box are not relevant to the assignment.
3. Wherever a player is positioned at a specific time is given by x and y coordinates relative to the centre of the pitch, used as the origin (0,0). Further explanation of soccer coordinates provided in the next section.
4. A pass is when a player attempts to kick (or throw in the case of goalie or slide throws – not relevant) the ball to another player (in their own team).
5. If the pass is successful, in that it is received by the player for whom is intended, it is deemed to be completed or successful.
1. A forward pass is where the y coordinate of the location from where the pass is made is less that the y coordinate of the location to where the pass is made.
2. A back pass is where it’s more.
3. A side pass is when it’s the same. Note that any pass will strictly be classified is half the length of the field or more.
6. A long ball is a forward pass where the difference between the two y coordinated is half the length of the field or more.
7. If the pitch is divided into three(almost) equals parts with vertical lines, the left-wing, the rightmost part is called the right-wing, and the middle part, well, is middle. For example, if the breadth of the field is 50(possible x coordinated being from -25 to 25)
1. Left-wing will from -25 to -9,
2. Middle form -8 to 8
3. Right wing will be from 9 to 25
The integer math required can be worked out from this example.
8. A switch is when the pass is made from the left wing to the right or from the right wing to left wing.