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Legion FC Partners with Samford Center for Sports Analytics for In-Game Strategy

By Legion FC Communications Team, 03/06/19, 8:45AM CST

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 6, 2019) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today its new partnership with Samford’s Center for Sports Analytics. The center will derive data-driven insights to enable more sophisticated, precise match strategy before, during and after matches.

“We are proud to support Birmingham Legion FC by uncovering deeper insights into their matches than is possible with traditional methods.” Dr. Darin White, executive director of the Center for Sports Analytics said. “Analytics offers coaches precise insights on how players work together and helps them discern the proper formations and strategies to employ,”

“Tapping into data-driven insights for a soccer game is very different from other sports like baseball and football. Baseball and football are more stop-and-go, static sports with hundreds of discrete events. Soccer is a complex, interconnecting flow of constant information,” White said.

The team of students and faculty analysts will provide a variety of data including predictive data to identify strategic options to deploy against opponents, real-time insights aimed at helping with in-game adjustments and post-match analysis to help the coaching staff in the evaluation of individual player performance.

“I’m excited for our club to work with Samford’s Sports Analytics program, the first Center for Sports Analytics in the country,” Legion FC Head Coach Tom Soehn said. “Tapping into the Center’s expertise in data and analytics in sports can only benefit the club’s technical staff and players in training and in games.”

About Birmingham Legion FC
Set to debut as an expansion member of the USL Championship, Birmingham Legion FC is the Magic City’s first and only locally owned and operated professional soccer franchise. The club will play home matches at a newly renovated BBVA Compass Field, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, beginning in March. For ticket information and to purchase official Legion FC merchandise, please visit bhmlegion.com. Supporters are encouraged to follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest club news.

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