Sports technology firm Stats Perform has partnered with Bayer 04 Leverkusen to give the Bundesliga club access to its Edge Analysis match preparation tool.

Powered by tracking and event data, Edge Analysis applies unique AI models to unlock objective, dynamic and predictive insights to enhance pre and post-match analysis processes.

The technology offers performance insights on opponents, such as playing characteristics, changes to their shape during a game, ball progression and each player’s impact on generating goal scoring opportunities.

“This is my fourteenth year in professional football and I’ve worked with the team at Stats Perform for a long time,” said Marcel Daum, Co-Trainer Analyse in the Sport Department at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

“Edge Analysis enables us to take the step from descriptive analysis to predictive analysis, which I think is the future of performance analysis in football. This is what makes Edge Analysis different from other industry tools, and it was the main factor in our decision to work with the platform.” 

Furthermore, as well as Stats Perform event data, several key features in the club’s Edge Analysis platform are powered by integrated tracking data supplied by Sportec Solutions, the German Deutsche Fußball Liga’s (DFL) in-house data provider. 

Stephan Hanke, Vice President of Sales in Europe at Stats Perform, added: “We are delighted to be enhancing existing processes currently in place at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and supporting them with access to unique insights delivered through our patented AI models that can only be found in Edge Analysis.” 

Edge Analysis has already been implemented in Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1. Most notably, French top flight side Stade Rennais implemented the model ahead of the 2019/20 campaign during which the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history.

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