Ranking Methods 2: Elo Ratings for women's football

2018-02-28

This is the second part of the series "Ranking Methods in football". The series introduces a variety of methods to determine the strongest teams on various levels of football. This article explains how Elo ratings (originating from chess) can be used to rank continental football teams. Like PageRank, the procedure comes with the desired feature of adjusting for the strength of schedule. That is, winning against stronger teams is more beneficial than winning against weaker teams. Instead of our dataset on male football, we here use a newly gathered dataset comprising 50 European leagues of women’s football.

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Ranking Methods 1: Page Rank

2017-07-31

This is the first part of the series "Ranking Methods in football". The series introduces a variety of methods to determine the strongest teams on various levels of football. This article explains how Google's PageRank can be used as a rating method for domestic, continental and world-wide football. The procedure comes with the desired feature of adjusting for the strength of schedule. That is, winning against stronger teams is more beneficial than winning against weaker teams. We use this method to rank several European domestic leagues, find the strongest teams in Europe and also the strongest team in the world, all for the Season 2016/17. Be prepared for a surprise in the English Premier League!

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