February 26, 2024

Royal Belfast Academical Institution Teams Up with BF Sports Analysis for the 2023-24 season

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI), entered into an exciting partnership with BF Sports Analysis for the 2023-24 season, including the Danske Bank Schools Cup. The partnership brings together RBAI's classic…
February 4, 2024

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November 26, 2023

Job: Bookkeeper

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October 26, 2023

Garbage In, Garbage Out: The Critical Role of Quality Data in Rugby Analytics

In the world of rugby analytics, the phrase "Garbage In, Garbage Out" couldn't be more relevant. Rugby, like many sports, has entered the era of data-driven decision-making. Coaches, players, and…
July 1, 2023

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At BF Sports Analysis, the people are the most important part of the business. This is why we do recruitment properly and thoroughly with the candidate at the centre of…
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Caolan Dooley’s Goal Kicking in the AIL Final

Caolan Dooley's 30 points from the goal kicking guided our clients, Terenure College RFC to a 50-24 victory in the AIL Final. An incredible total with 8 from 8 penalties…
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November 24, 2022

Loss Aversion Bias in Rugby

The latest weekend of November internationals saw two very interesting and debated decisions at the end of the games. Last play England vs 14 man New Zealand, receive a kick…
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August 30, 2022

How to Win an All Ireland League Division: The Numbers

We've been keeping an eye on All Ireland League Stats since an article we wrote in 2018. So what has been happening in the AIL since then (ignoring COVID)? The…
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I had a discussion with Ben Wylie before discussing the meritocracy of the seeding in European Rugby based not on performances in Europe but in their domestic competitions. Formerly before…
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July 23, 2022

Book Review: Mathletics by Wayne L Winston

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June 29, 2022

Job: Rugby Analyst/Marketing Manager

The role will be primarily located in Dublin, Ireland but you will be required to travel around Ireland filming games. Work not filming games will be done working from home.BF…
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Women’s 6 Nations 2022 Attacking Efficiency

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Book Review: The Midrange Theory by Seth Partnow

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March 9, 2022

6 Nations 2022 Attacking Efficiency

"The scoreboard is the only stat that matters" So how do you score points in rugby? Traditionally, of course we’d use a combination of the scoreboard and the “eye test”…
February 5, 2022

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Conor Malone, Operations Manager at BF Sports Analysis is undertaking a project to investigate; The impact of player quality on performance of teams The accuracy of public opinion on player…
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Periodisation of Analysis: Planning for a Rugby Season

Cross-Discipline Amalgamation ”All ideas grow out of other ideas” – Anish Kapoor   Although not a revolutionary idea in planning your analysis for the long term, it is something that…
July 2, 2021

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The role will be primarily located in Dublin, Ireland but you will be required to travel around Ireland filming games. Work not filming games will be done working from home.BF…
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Book Review: Calling Bullsh*t, Data Skeptism

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April 13, 2021

Video Analysis for Youth Rugby Coaches Workshop

This is an interactive course and therefore places are limited per course to 25. To be covered Where to start with video analysis Equipment and Software, needs and wants Video…
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February 16, 2021

The Lineout Project with Dewald Senekal

A recording is available at the bottom of this page. The Lineout Project with Dewald Senekal is where we take you into the deepest of depth of lineout analysis ever…
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February 10, 2021

Developing an Analysis Department in Semi Pro/Elite Amateur Rugby

Next Courses: Wed 24th July 2024 - 6-9pm, Dublin/London time UTC 0 Wed 31st July 2024 - 6-8pm, Dublin/London time UTC 0 Delivered online via Zoom. The Developing Analysis Department…
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February 8, 2021

Crusaders Transition Attack: Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview

On Monday 22nd February, we’ll be co-hosting a webinar with Ben Wylie of The Chase Rugby previewing the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa season. If you’re interested in attending this event, you can…
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February 6, 2021

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January 24, 2021

Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview with The Chase Rugby

The Chase Rugby and BF Sports Analysis combine our databases to create a unique Super Rugby Aotearoa preview.   Both BF Sports Analysis and The Chase Rugby have unique Super…
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December 28, 2020

Book Review: Scorecasting by BF Sports Analysis

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Motivational Videos in Sport

There has been divided opinion on whether Irish Soccer Teams’s use of a motivational video before the England game was a good idea. “Why do Ireland need extra motivation against…
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"What are the best sports analysis books to read?", we get asked this a bit. This is a list of books that are best for a first time reader of…
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November 9, 2020

Book Review: The Expected Goals Philosophy

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November 1, 2020

Book Review: The Only Rule is it Has to Work

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Rugby Analysis: XY data – Ireland vs Italy Women

This article explores some of the information you can get from XY data analysis in rugby. This data comes from the Ireland vs Italy women's 6 Nations match, October 2020…
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August 12, 2020

Book Review: Basketball on Paper

Below this review of Basketball on Paper, there are details on joining the BF Sports Analysis Book Club. "Too many scientists dismiss the decisions of non-scientists (an accurate description of…
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July 9, 2020

Rugby xP by BF Sports Analysis

xP (Expected Points) is a concept that is frequently used in different sports but there is nothing about it in rugby union. How it is used in Other SportsIn Basketball,…
June 9, 2020

Charity Opposition Lineout Analysis Seminar

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How to Combine Multiple Videos inside an AVCHD file on a Mac using QuickTime

This is a quick tutorial on how to combine AVCHD files on a Mac/Macbook using QuickTime.  A video tutorial is embedded above which you can watch if you prefer, it…
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October 8, 2019

Book Review: Storytelling with Data

‘Often this discomfort seems to be driven by the belief that the audience knows better than the presenter and therefore should choose whether and how to act on the information…
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August 21, 2019

Book Review: The Feedback Fix

Author: Joe HirschPublished: 2017, Rowman & LittlefieldISBN: 9781475826593 What is it about? The Feedback Fix is about reinventing how we approach traditionally giving feedback in the past tense and review…
August 3, 2019

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August 1, 2019

All Ireland League (AIL) Rugby: League Stats

'Our aim is to get promoted' - This is likely what 6-8 of the teams in each AIL division will be saying for the upcoming season. So what does a…
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July 16, 2019

Book Review – Sprawlball: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA

Author: Kirk GoldsberryPublished: April 2019, Houghton MifflinISBN: 978-1328767516 What is it about? This books mixes cartography (map making) and basketball analytics to explain how the NBA has evolved over the…
May 10, 2019

In Numbers: All Ireland Final, Cork Constitution vs Clontarf – 5th May 2019

The All Ireland league final was held on Sunday 6th May in the Aviva Stadium between Cork Constitution and Clontarf. Shown on RTE (credit for images), it was an intriguing…
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What Camera Should I Buy for Filming Rugby

“What camera should I buy for filming rugby/football/hockey/basketball/hurling/sports?” There are numerous aspects to consider when buying a camera for sports analysis. This article will take you through some of those…
February 11, 2019

Video Analysis for Player/Youth Development

When people picture the outcome of an analyst's work, they think of something like this. credit: Netflix/Last Chance U Most reading you do around youth and player development coaching sits…
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February 6, 2019

Book Review: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Author: Michael Lewis Published: 2004, Norton and Company, New York ISBN: 0-393-05765-8 What is it about? The book is about the Oakland A’s and how Billy Beane, their General Manager came…
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February 2, 2019

The Analysis Process

The Analysis Process is a term I use to describe the process of creating and receiving information to the point of player development and improvement. This is a slide I…
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December 31, 2018

Book Review – The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong

Author: Chris Anderson and David Sally Published: 2013, Penguin ISBN: 978-0-241-96362-3   What is it about? The Numbers Game is a book about Analytics in association football. It challenges commonly…
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December 31, 2018

Book Review – Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers and Other Decision Makers

Author: Benjamin C. Alamar Published: 2013, Colombia University Press, New York ISBN: 978-0-231-16292-0 What is it about? Sports Analytics is about using data and analytics in a professional sports department.…
December 7, 2018

How to Film Rugby This is a video I use to begin training analysts or I send to clients if they wish to film their games themselves. The importance of good quality footage…
December 3, 2018

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Tripods or other stands/mounts are used to stand your camera on and provide stability to your filming. The primary factors to consider when purchasing a tripod are the weight/sturdiness and…
November 17, 2018

New Zealand’s Lineout

82% (81/99) New Zealand’s lineout success rate for the Rugby Championship and November Internationals. Number one and number two in the world play each other in most anticipated test match…
November 6, 2018

How did Campagnaro Read that?

This article looks at the try scored by Michele Campagnaro in Ireland's victory over Italy in Soldier Field. It comes from an intercept off one of Joe Schmidt's famous strike…
August 28, 2018

"Listing" Sports Analysis Method

What is it? This is an analysis method that is simple to use and is a useful one for people who are new to analysis, are short on time or…
June 28, 2018

Player Led Video Analysis

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” - Helen Keller Traditionally video sessions are considered to be a coach at the top of the room,…
June 20, 2018

The Funnel Method

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift” ~Albert…
April 16, 2018

What Camera Should I Buy for Filming Sports

“What camera should I buy for rugby/football/hockey/basketball/hurling?”   There are numerous aspects to consider when buying a camera for sports analysis. This article will take you through some of those…
January 7, 2018

3 Ways to Share Videos for Free

There are numerous ways to share video with your team, some paid and some free. For me, it makes sense to move onto paid options once you start using a…
December 20, 2017

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Using 2D animations can really help you describe moves to new players or a new team. It can also make you more efficient during your coaching sessions as you don't…
December 4, 2017

Live Analysis – England vs Samoa

If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me updating use of possession stats with the hashtag #BFSA. In this article, we’ll discuss applications of live analysis, how to…
November 21, 2017

Ireland’s Breakdown Woes vs Fiji – In Depth Analysis

“We don’t quite have the same size and strength as our opponents so we wanted to play with a bit of tempo and it was really difficult to do that…
November 14, 2017

How to Analyse a Rugby Match – Ireland vs South Africa 2017

“It’s not about how much possession you have, it’s about what you do with it that counts” Like all things you measure, there should be a purpose as to why…
November 7, 2017

How Eddie Jones’ England might have prepared before their training camp in Portugal last week

International rugby coaches are often quoted as saying the most difficult thing about international rugby is the lack of preparation time. You finish your top14, PRO14 or Premiership game and…
September 20, 2017

Last Chance U – From an Analysis Point of View Part 2

"Go to get out" is the purpose of the East Mississippi football programme that I introduce in part 1 of this article. Part 1 also goes through the pre and…
September 12, 2017

Rugby Coach, Do You Want to Give Away Less Penalties?

"WE NEED TO STOP GIVING AWAY PENS!" Something often said on a rugby pitch at half time, full time and mid week before or after a game, is that we…
September 6, 2017

Last Chance U – From an Analysis Point of View – Part 1

"You go to get out" is the purpose of the East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Football Programme. Based in Scooba, Mississippi, the team is documented in the Netflix series Last…
August 14, 2017


When you think of an analyst giving feedback, you generally think – stats sheets and fancy graphs, then the coach looks at it and decides what he wants from it.…
August 14, 2017

Analysis Without Filming a Game

Filming a game no doubt adds to how accurate your data entry is, how much analysis you can do and how effective your feedback can be but sometimes you just…
August 14, 2017

Brian Fitzpatrick Sports Analysis Consultancy

Brian Fitzpatrick Sports Analysis Consultancy is a company set up to help sports clubs teams improve their use of the coaching tool of analysis. Analysis can be split into 4…