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 (2009)
  • Joel Oberstone , University of San Francisco
Article
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.

Keywords
  • English Premier League,
  • football,
  • team performance analysis,
  • multiple regression,
  • ANOVA,
  • retrodiction
Publication Date
August 5, 2009
Citation Information
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 Vol. 5 Iss. 3 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joel_oberstone/2/