1. Who provides the match statistics?2. Who is Opta?3. In what way did Fabio Capello contribute to the project?4. What are the dimensions of a football pitch that the Capello Index uses as a guideline?5. How soon after a match will the ratings be published?6. What is the difference between a “CI” event and a “nonCI” event?7. How was the event selection made?8. Which and how many events make up a rating?9. Which leagues are monitored and with what frequency?10. How are the performances in different leagues compared?11. How many and which adjustments are made?12. Why don’t certain players appear in the ranking table even if they have obtained a score from a single match?13. Why do certain players have an N/A?14. What is the range of scores applied to the events?15. How much is a goal worth?16. How much is a penalty save worth?17. What does one get for a simple pass in the middle of the pitch?18. What score does one get when one is sent off?19. How is a player rated if they play only a few minutes?20. Is the volume of a players’ performance rated in any way?21. Are players who play more matches awarded in some way?22. What happens when a player gets injured?23. How are the ranking tables organised?24. What is the Capello XI Team?25. What is the Superleague?26. What is the Best of the Superleague?
1. Who provides the match statistics?
All match statistics are
provided by Opta. A joint venture was created to optimize Opta's long term experience with the Capello Index's innovative system. ↑↑
2. Who is Opta
Since 1996, Opta has been passionate about collecting, compiling, databasing and supplying sports data.
Opta has the biggest and best database of sports information on th eplanet.
All tracking is done by a expert team of analysts that understand what football fans want, supplying the widest range of data, statistics and insights available. ↑↑
3. In what way did Fabio Capello contribute to the project?
Fabio Capello supplied the evaluation criterion at the beginning. After 2 years of work with the team, the list of events, their relative scores and the areas of the pitch where they occur, were defined. ↑↑
4. What are the dimensions of a football pitch that the Capello Index uses as a guideline?
Il Capello Index uses the official International Football Association Board’s measurements:
- Length of the pitch: in-between 100 yards (90m) and 130 yards (120m)
- Width of the pitch: in-between 50 yards (45m) and 100 yards (90m)
- Penalty area: 44 yards wide and 18 yards long
- Six-yard-box: 6-yards either side of the goalposts (20 yards total) and 6-yards long
- Goalposts: 8 feet high (2,44m) and 8 yards wide (7,32m)
- Penalty spot: 12 yards (11m) from goal
- The corner arc: 1 yard radius - an opponent must stand 10-yards away
- The centre circle: has a 10-yard radius
How are the areas of the pitch divided?
The areas of the pitch are divided as follows: A (six-yard-box), B (penalty box) F (from outside the area up to 30 yards), C (box next to the corner flag), E (from 30-yards out to the half-way line). Each letter has a number 1 o 2 next to it indicating whether it is the offensive or defensive half of the pitch. ↑↑
5. How soon after a match will the ratings be published?
Usually 1 hour after the end of the match. ↑↑
6. What is the difference between a “CI” event and a “nonCI” event?
The CI events, whether they are positive or negative, are events that generate a score in the evaluation of a players’ performance. The non CI events are less relevant and therefore don’t get scored; these statistical events (corners, throw-ins and simple passes for example) don’t influence a rating but might be used in order to register the volume of a players’ performance (one doesn’t receive a score for a simple pass but the total number of passes could be registered if it corresponds to a certain statistical parameter). The sum of the CI and nonCI events is known as Total Events. ↑↑
7. How was the event selection made?
In the preparation phase of the project, Fabio Capello underlined the most important events that are necessary when judging the quality of a players’ performance. They are both positive and negative, diversified by the role of a player and they become more or less important depending on the area of the pitch they take place in. ↑↑
8. Which and how many events make up a rating?
The list of events can be found by clicking here: www.capelloindex.com/en/page/event-description/f026f293-68b8-4607-83e6-13608f098293 ↑↑
9. Which leagues are monitored and with what frequency?
The 5 major European tournaments (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) and the Champions League and Europa League. The ratings will be published 1 hour after each match. ↑↑
10. How are the performances in different leagues compared?
The performance of players from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, League 1, Champions League and Europa League are all rated using the same parameters. There are adjustments used that take into account the different difficulties of the Leagues following the criteria used by UEFA . ↑↑
11. How many and which adjustments are made?
At present there are 130 adjustments made. For each one a statistical algorithm has been developed which is applied to the simple average of the score. ↑↑
12. Why don’t certain players appear in the ranking table even if they have obtained a score from a single match?
In order to be considered for the ranking table a player will have to have played at least 60% of the total minutes of the matches of his season. ↑↑
13. Why do certain players have an N/A?
N.A. means that a player was not rateable. This can depend on various factors such as that one has played too small a part in a match (only a few minutes played and with very few touches of the ball) whether it is positive or negative. ↑↑
14. What is the range of scores applied to the events?
All events are rated with a score that ranges from 20 to 100. ↑↑
15. How much is a goal worth?
The rating for a goal scored is 95.00. There is a special score if the goal scored is considered exceptional (and very rare), which is 100.00. ↑↑
16. How much is a penalty save worth?
17. What does one get for a simple pass in the middle of the pitch?
No score is recorded (therefore it is not considered a CI event) but it is still registered so as to be taken into consideration when analysing the amount of events a player generates in order to apply the correct adjustment. ↑↑
18. What score does one get when one is sent off?
19. How is a player rated if they play only a few minutes?
Generally the get an N.A. but there are certain exceptions: in the eventuality that one does something that is particularly positive (goal, assist etc), or negative (own-goal, sending off, etc). ↑↑
20. Is the volume of a players’ performance rated in any way?
Yes. The quantity of events a player takes part in is recorded as the “total events” which is made up of “CI” and “nonCI” events. This allows us to award those players around which a teams’ performance gravitates, even if there are many simple passes that are apparently not incisive (non CI) but they give a squad its rhythm and are vitally important in their tactics. ↑↑
21. Are players who play more matches awarded in some way?
No, there is no added value for a player’s consistency, but the simple fact that one plays more regularly means one will obtain more ratings. ↑↑
22. What happens when a player gets injured?
Those players who don’t reach 60% of the total minutes played in a season will not appear in the ranking table. ↑↑
23. How are the ranking tables organised?
The Capello Index produces various different ranking tables that refer to certain periods of time but also to different rounds of the Champions League and Europa League. ↑↑
24. What is the Capello XI Team?
It is a 4.3.3 formation made up of the best players of the week for each League. ↑↑
25. What is the Superleague?
The Superleague rankings are generated from the last round of matches from all of the Leagues we track. ↑↑
26. What is the Best of the Superleague?
The best of the Superleague is the top 3 players per role from all of the Leagues we track in the last round of matches. ↑↑