Soon, we will be teaching computational geometry courses to football commentators.
If a player is going to be substituted we’ll hear sentences like: “no surprise he’s being replaced, his Voronoi cell has been shrinking since the beginning of the second half!”
David Sumpter, the author of Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game, wrote a nice article over at Medium The geometry of attacking football.
As an example, he took an attack of Barcelona against Panathinaikos.
He concludes: “It is not only their skill on the ball, but also their geometrically accurate positioning that allows them to make the pass.”
Jaime Sampaoi produced a short video of changing Voronoi cells from kick-off by the blue team, with the red team putting pressure until a faulty pass is given, leading to a red-attack and a goal. All in 29 seconds.
I’d love to turn this feature on when watching an actual game.
Oh, and please different cell-colours for the two teams.
And, a remote control to highlight the Voronoi cell of a particular player.