Footballistics by James Coventry

Footballistics by James Coventry

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'Footballistics is more than just good writing. The nature of football continually changes, which means its analysis must also keep pace. This book is for students, thinkers, and theorists of the game.'

Ted Hopkins – Carlton premiership player, author, and co-founder of Champion Data.

Australian Rules football has been described as the most data-rich sport on Earth. Every time and everywhere an AFL side takes to the field, it is shadowed by an army of statisticians and number crunchers. The information they gather has become the sport's new language and currency. ABC journalist James Coventry, author of the acclaimed Time and Space, has joined forces with a group of razor-sharp analysts to decipher the data, and to use it to question some of football's long-held truisms. Do umpires really favour the home side? Has goal kicking accuracy deteriorated? Is Geelong the true master of the draft? Are blonds unfairly favoured in Brownlow medal voting?

And are Victorians the most passionate fans? Through a blend of entertaining storytelling and expert analysis, this book will answer more questions about footy than you ever thought to ask.

About the Author

James Coventry has worked for the ABC since 2002. He is currently the Deputy Sports Editor and can be heard presenting the morning sports news across Australia on ABC Radio. In 2009 he was the national winner of the AFL's Dream Team competition, and he has written about fantasy football for the AFL Prospectus. He lives in Adelaide with his wife and two children.