Prediction of the Ball Location on the 2D Plane in Football Using Optical Tracking Data

Amirli, Anar
Alemdar, Hande
Tracking the ball location is essential for automated game analysis in complex ball-centered team sports such as football. However, it has always been a challenge for image processing-based techniques because the players and other factors often occlude the view of the ball. This study proposes an automated machine learning-based method for predicting the ball location from players' behavior on the pitch. The model has been built by processing spatial information of players acquired from optical tracking data. Optical tracking data include samples from 300 matches of the 2017-2018 season of the Turkish Football Federation's Super League. We use neural networks to predict the ball location in 2D axes. The average coefficient of determination of the ball tracking model on the test set both for the x-axis and the y-axis is accordingly 79% and 92%, where the mean absolute error is 7.56 meters for the x-axis and 5.01 meters for the y-axis
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A. Amirli and H. Alemdar, “Prediction of the Ball Location on the 2D Plane in Football Using Optical Tracking Data,” Academic Platform-Journal of Engineering and Science, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1–8, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: