Messi or Ronaldo - will artificial intelligence match players to teams?
In 2021, approximately 18,000 player transfers were recorded between 211 football associations registered under FIFA, an increase of 5.1%.
This field is largely governed by the gut feelings of the decision makers.
The Israeli start-up Rankset has come to change the rules of the game.
Estimate: the artificial intelligence market in sports will rise to 19 billion dollars
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:27 p.m. Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 11:09 a.m.
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Changing the rules of the game: the Israeli start-up Rankset will match soccer players to teams (Photo: ShutterStock)
Israeli technology based on artificial intelligence developed by the start-up company Rankset makes it possible to examine and improve the suitability of players for football teams.
The database built by the company includes 220,000 soccer players around the world, according to different segments and cross-sections, and the algorithm generates for each player an analysis based on a unique ranking system containing mathematical formulas, events and situations in which the player and his team took part and a number of other exclusive parameters, so as to maximize personal achievements and his contribution to the team he plays for.
As mentioned, in 2021 there were 18,068 player transfers among the 211 football associations in the world, registered under FIFA, past statistics indicate that about half of the player transfers do not justify themselves and are registered as a failure for economic or career development reasons.
The system provides a reasoned breakdown of a player's level of suitability for the club (Photo: ShutterStock)
The goal: to enable football clubs to create a professional and balanced player roster
The technological tools in the RankSet system create an integration between many and varied sources of information, thus enabling the clubs to plan the composition of an optimal squad of players before each season, with which they can achieve the best results, with the help of a combination of statistical data, unique mathematical equations, statistics of sports betting companies and senior analysts from the world of football.
The system automatically accesses a reasoned breakdown of the match level of a player to the club and of the club to the player.
The company's mission is to develop advanced tools for building a professional career for young and adult soccer players, to mark the optimal growth path for them and to leverage the value of their player card in the short and long term and at the same time, to enable soccer clubs to create a professional and balanced roster of players.
The startup Rankset was founded by Ariel Samuel, an analyst and football coach by training.
The CEO of the company is Kafir Stokol, who has served as a manager in insurance companies and an analyst in a football data collection company, along with consultants from the field of football, developers and algorithmic and statistical experts. The company is currently in the process of raising crowdfunding through the Peoplebiz platform.
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The value of artificial intelligence in the field of sports will jump to about 19 billion dollars
The Rankset system is already used by sports clubs and the most professional player agents in Israel, England, Belgium, Serbia, Romania as well as in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea and Senegal.
The company is already generating revenue in the current transfer window with several signings through agents.
In African countries, Rancast, in addition to its technological activities, has begun to collaborate and advise an academy that locates young talents and invests in players it identifies as having talent and potential to develop and nurture an international career.
: "The scope of the global artificial intelligence market in the field of sports was estimated at 1.4 billion dollars in 2020, and will jump up to 19.2 billion dollars in 2030. Today, clubs pay thousands of euros per year for the collection of dry data, which does not include integration or analytical analysis that drives to action".
"The advantage of using an artificial intelligence-based system is the processing of the large amount of data and the objectivity of the analysis, which is free of human biases. It can be a dominant and even decisive aid in decision-making and significantly shorten the processes."
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