BDsports is a project developed by the Big&Open Data Innovation Laboratory (BODaI-Lab) of the University of Brescia, Italy.

Scientific coordinators of the project: Paola Zuccolotto and Marica Manisera

OUR FRIENDS: Research Centers and Laboratories
- Data Methods and Systems Statistical Laboratory, University of Brescia (Italy)
- KPA Group - Insights through Analytics, Raanana (Israel)
- Strategic Research in Sport Center, Moscow (Russia)
- AUEB Sports Analytics Group, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)

OUR FRIENDS: Products & Services Platforms for Sports Analytics
- StatBasket, Como (Italy)
- MYagonism, Brescia (Italy)
- Quant4Sport, Torino (Italy)
- Football Intelligence, Siena (Italy)
- Math&Sport, Milano (Italy)
- BigDataBall (Sports Datasets), London (UK)

Description of the project:
In the last decades, quantitative thinking in sports has gained a rapidly growing interest.
This is reflected by the scientific production on this theme and also by the publication of collections of statistical analyses applied to data from a wide range of sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, ice hockey and many others. This research project is designed to set up a unique collaboration of experts interested in sport analytics both from a scientific and a practical point of view. The goal is to create a network able to facilitate contacts and joint research initiatives.
Specifically, the project will organise events, promote special Issues in scientific journals, share ideas and data in order to publish scientific and non-scientific papers, collaborate with teams in various sports by supplying them analytics and apply for research grants.
The data scientists’ expertise covers a wide range of quantitative tools in the fields of statistical modelling, multivariate data analysis, data mining, algorithmic modelling and machine learning.

Main topics:
− Basic statistics and more complex analytics of a match or a competition
− Performance analysis (of teams, players, individual athletes)
− Identification of success factors and optimal game strategies
− Forecasting
− Sport Psychology (group dynamics, interpersonal relations, social-cognitive processes, leadership, mental toughness, personality, coping strategies, ...)
− Market analysis for sport marketing
− Financial assessment of sports clubs and sports related projects



BODaI-Lab was born in 2016 thanks to the support of