The Big World Cup Visualization Roundup

The hard facts are given: A team has 11 players, the ball is round and a match takes 90 minutes. But what happens in between? We’ve compiled a list of applications and visualization that strive to provide insights into the FIFA World Cup 2010.

World Cup 2010 Calendar

The World Cup 2010 Calendar by MARCA.com is an interactive schedule for the tournament. You can access information by national team, group, stage, stadium, city or date. Once you hover over a wedge, June 14th for example, you see all the matches that take place on that day (Go Cameroon!). The visualization does not provide any deeper insight that the end result but the matches are linked to the coverage on MARCA.com.

World Cup 2010 calendar by MARCA.com

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Game Tracker

Similar to the above mentioned schedule is the Game Tracker by Bristol based digital design studio Positive. It shows the upcoming game dates and results for past matches. The visualization is built in Flash and you rotate the circular schedule with simple drag & drop gestures. Again, not much insights about the matches, players or teams.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Game Tracker

FIFA World Cup 2010

VisualSports has created a dedicated page for the World Cup matches. Every match for the group stage can be found in a table sorted by grouping. You can analyze the past matches with a visualization showing all cards, shots and substitutions that happened.

FIFA World Cup 2010

Twitter.com/worldcup

Another dedicated page comes from Twitter: You can “view” past and upcoming matches, which means that you get two parallel Twitter timelines with mentions of the playing teams. Honestly I don’t get much information out of this one.

World Cup 2010 on Twitter

Total Football 2010

With Total Footbal 2010 by Colm McMullan match analysis comes to the iPhone. For current and past matches the application offers different visualizations to dive into the data. The visualizations show information like the influence of each player, passes, placements of shots, tackles, clearances, fouls and so on. All match data updates in real-time. Of course the usual match stats like goalscorers, substitutions or cards are included as well.

Total Football 2010

World Cup Data Visualiser

The London based design & development studio Mint Digital comes this concept for an iPad application. It combines the football data from Picklivewith fun and intuitive analysis tools. For example, it allows you to compare cumulatively, or per match, all footballers in the World Cup across a variety of stats like goals, shoots on target, tackles and more. I haven’t found anything about the progress of this but they seem to have a working version of their Hamlock framework without the need of Flash which is apparently a necessity to run in on the iPad. See more images onFlickr.com.

World Cup Visualiser 01

World Cup 2010 Twitter Replay

The Guardian also leverages Twitter data to create the World Cup 2010 Twitter Replay application. It’s basically a timeline based visualization that represents Twitter hashtags as a bubble chart. On the timeline you can see important actions during the game like cards and substitutions.

World Cup 2010 Twitter Replay

Live World Cup Match Tracker

The New York Times uses a custom Flash application to support coverage of past matches. It’s a small little widget but filled with important information. A match can be analyzed in different ways to focus on ball posession (bubble chart), passes (lines) and area of play (heatmap). Shots are shown as cicles below the timeline. You can skip through the whole game by switching between notable actions. I think the NYT wins this round in regard of data density (and in my opinion also in regard of visual aesthetics).

Live World Cup Match Tracker

I believe there are tons of other visualizations out there — if you come across something interesting, please let me know.

Via Infosthetics & FlowingData

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  • http://twitter.com/TotalFootball10 Total Football

    Huge thanks for featuring Total Football 2010!

    For anyone interested, you can keep an eye on the blog and twitter account to feed your visualisation and analysis habit, including a look at last night's Germany v Australia game…

    http://totalfootball2010.posterous.com/
    http://www.twitter.com/totalfootball10

  • http://www.visualisingdata.com Andy

    Hi Benjamin – I have also posted a compilation of Visualisations here http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2010/0
    Best wishes, Andy Kirk

  • http://twitter.com/_mql Michael Aufreiter

    Really interesting stuff! I'm about to visualize world cup data as well. However I'm wondering where these tools get their raw data from. There must be an API somewhere, that provides realtime data. Ideally in JSON Format. Any ideas where I could find it?

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • http://twitter.com/TSSVeloso TSSVeloso

    Hi, Benjamin, congrats for the round-up. I leave here a couple of suggestions:

    - The post in Inspired Magazine: http://www.inspiredm.com/2010/06/06/2010-world-

    - Visual Loop, with dozens of World Cup infographics from all over the world: http://visualoop.tumblr.com/

    Keep up the great work!

    @TSSVeloso

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  • http://www.noticiasvisuais.wordpress.com Ana Paula da Rocha

    Really nice this post. I did something similar, not as complete as you did, in my blog, in portuguese: http://www.noticiasvisuais.wordpress.com . I mentioned a brazillian example, from a newspaper called Estadão. I also enjoyed El Mundo, but I guess it's more multimedia than data visualization.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Thanks Ana,
    I enjoyed your post, although I did not quite understand every word.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Thanks Ana,
    I enjoyed your post, although I did not quite understand every word.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Thanks for the link, Mike.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Thanks for the link, Mike.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Thanks TSSVeloso.
    Wow, you've compiled a great collection there.

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    Just checked it — some nice examples I was not aware of (the La Prensa Grafic is crazy!)

  • Ana Paula da Rocha

    Hahahaha! Sorry, but first I have to improve my english to start posting in both languages. Thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/Kwwika Kwwika

    Some really fantastic looking visualisations. For the World Cup we ran a competition to build the best real-time push web application using real-time data from Twitter (via their streaming API) and Opta Sports. This data is pushed into the Kwwika service and then we instantly push that data out to any subscribed applications.

    You can see the best competition entries here:

    * http://www.tweetforyourteam.com/ by Gergely Orosz using the Kwwika Silverlight API
    * http://worldcup.aaronbassett.com/ by Aaron Basset using the Kwwika JavaScript API

    It's really interesting that you talk about sources of data. We are trying to become a hub for real-time data. We want people to publish their data into Kwwika so we can distribute it around the world for others to use in engaging real-time mashups.