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Assessing the performance of German Bundesliga football players: a non-parametric metafrontier approach

Torben Tiedemann (), Tammo Francksen and Uwe Latacz-Lohmann

Central European Journal of Operations Research, 2011, vol. 19, issue 4, 571-587

Abstract: This article presents a novel model for evaluating the performance of field players in football. Based upon Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), we employ a non-concave metafrontier approach that permits estimation of players’ efficiency scores under consideration of their playing positions. The model is applied to a data set of Germany’s premier league football players covering the playing seasons 2002/03 to 2008/09. The results reveal a clear positive relationship between a team’s average player efficiency score and its rank in the league table at the end of the season. In addition, the metafrontier approach is used to identify a footballer’s optimal playing position in the team and to quantify the performance increase from moving to that position. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2011

Keywords: Performance evaluation; Football; Metafrontier analysis; Data envelopment analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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