SFU startup FootyStats is providing fans and fantasy soccer players free access to its advanced World Cup analytics, so that they can get an edge in predicting the outcome of games using data and statistics. (Photo: selecaoportugal | Twitter)

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FootyStats gives fantasy soccer players the edge during the 2018 World Cup

June 11, 2018
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By Justin Wong

On June 14th the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be underway in Russia, with 32 International Teams competing in the month-long tournament for the ultimate prize in world football. Tens of millions of fans will be cheering for their teams across the globe with many of them competing in various online fantasy leagues, which often include cash prizes.

That’s why SFU startup FootyStats is providing fans and fantasy soccer players free access to its advanced World Cup analytics, so that they can get an edge in predicting the outcome of games using data and statistics.

FootyStats is the first company of its kind to provide insightful stats in categories such as form, goals per game, clean sheets percentage, both teams to score percentage, failed to score, corners, cards, and much more for over 10,000 football teams. These data can be filtered by home matches, away matches, or by competition.

The data can then be downloaded to Excel or spreadsheet formats through their platform. This enables anybody in the world to perform their own research and mathematical modelling with deeply insightful football data.

“The problem with football stats is that it’s never been distributed in a way that the average person can understand,” says Jaime Tatsubana, SFU SIAT alumni and FootyStats founder. “FootyStats aims to solve this issue by creating a simple product that delivers the right football stats to the right audiences.”

FootyStats was born out of Tatsubana’s interest in big data, soccer and a need for a comprehensive hub for soccer analytics. He never imagined that his passion project would turn into a viable business with a growing number of paid subscribers.

“When I was finished I showed it to the soccer community on Reddit and they loved it. Overnight we had 500 or 600 users. Not a lot but it was enough to believe in the possibility of what it could be. From there I just kept going.”

With support from SFU’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection, FootyStats is incubated at SFU’s Surrey campus where they have access to mentorship and a co-working space to help them grow their venture.

The platform provides stats, analytics, and tables for over 300 football leagues around the world. Launched in January 2017, the platform quickly gained popularity among football enthusiasts and is now garnering millions of page views every month. You can access and download FIFA World Cup stats from here. Oracle.com and sports.ru are some of the biggest brands to use the platform’s public football data. In addition to the World Cup, high profile football leagues such as Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A are also available. They also provide lower league data for leagues such as Sudan Premier League.

Currently, all users have access to the World Cup data as well as data for over 120 football leagues around the world. Their paid subscribers have access to over 300 football leagues, corner kick data, yellow card, red card data, and much more.