What are these?
After reading so many match reports, many formulaic and predictable, often putting the game to one side and fixing a gaze on goals and little else, an idea was born. The idea is to illustrate a football team's dominance in individual minutes of a football match in a visual form, preferably one that appeals in some way. The results are presented in the form of polka dots in the colours of each respective team.
Scorelines never give a full picture of a game. Some people just look for the score of a game rather than anything else which is a shame but is nonetheless a common truth. Watching a game of football and judging on the basis of an individual minute of play which team is dominating the other brings a different perspective to the game and also presents an opportunity to try and visualise the game in a different way. Various factors influence the judgement on who is "rewarded" that minute dot: the key ones being attacking possession and manipulation of opposition (for example if a team are in possession but are under constant pressing and cannot bring the ball forward in a given minute then the minute would by-in-large be awarded to the team defending).
Minutes where play is sufficiently delayed are nulled and do not appear in polka dot form hence why you'll often find that there are sometimes less than 90 dots on a given example. The minutes don't necessarily have to be complete in duration, they are taken from the game clock and as long as there is a sufficent amount of play for a conclusion to be made on a given minute then it can be awarded to a given team.
How do I read it?
The game's minutes go from left to right from the first minute onwards.
Have you thought about adding goals and important incidents into the design?
Yes but attempts have been too cluttered and detract from the simplistic design and ultimately the purpose of the creation of said design. Having said that, we're constantly looking at how to improve it and this will be the likely next step once a happy medium has been found.
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