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Differentiating the Top English Premier League Football Clubs from the Rest of the Pack: Identifying the Keys to Success

Joel Oberstone, University of San Francisco

Abstract

This paper develops a robust, statistically significant, six independent variable multiple regression model that accounts for the relative success of English Premier League football clubs based on an array of twenty-four pitch actions collected during the 2007-2008 season (p<0.0000). Additionally, one-way ANOVA is used to identify those specific pitch actions that statistically separate the top 4 clubs from (1) the dozen clubs forming the middle of the pack and, (2) by a greater contrast, the bottom 4 clubs. Thirteen pitch actions yield statistically significant differences among these three tiers of clubs using this second method of analysis.

Suggested Citation

Joel Oberstone. "Differentiating the Top English Premier League Football Clubs from the Rest of the Pack: Identifying the Keys to Success" Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 5.3 (2009).

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