Key Players and Key Groups in Teams: A Network Approach Using Soccer Data
37 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 1, 2010
This paper provides a way of evaluating a player's contribution to her team and relates her effort to her salaries. We collect data from UEFA Euro 2008 Tournament and construct the passing network of each team. Then we determine the key player in the game while ranking all the other players too. Next, we identify key groups of players to determine which combination of players played more important role in the match. Using 2010 market values and observable characteristics of the players, we show that players having higher intercentrality measures regardless of their field position have significantly higher market values.
Keywords: Social Networks, Team Game, Centrality Measures
JEL Classification: A14, C72, D85
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