Objectivity instead of subjectivity – the ‘Man of the Match’ of the Audi Cup 2015 will be determined with assistance by a computer.
Normally, the determination of the best player of a match or an entire tournament is up to an independent jury consisting of journalists and experts. This method was also used to identify and select the so-called ‘most valuable players’ in the previous editions of the Audi Cup. Now, in the Audi Cup 2015, a data-based electronic system will determine the award of the trophy for the first time.
For the tournament, a unique evaluation and ranking procedure has been developed: the Audi Player Index. Nearly all match activities of a player, such as sprints, shots to goal, crosses, duels and ball possession phases are captured and transferred into a specific performance indicator using a differentiated and Audi-specific evaluation classification.
The acquisition of 91 different parameters and up to 2,000 relevant actions per match is performed on-site at the stadium with assistance by the data services provider Opta (data services provider of the DFL and many clubs) as well as in mainly computer-aided form by moving image analysis at the Opta office. The sophisticated evaluation classification was tested, analyzed and subjected to continuous further development in advance at matches of FC Bayern München.
The ‘Man of the Match’ is determined in each match and honored with a dedicated trophy after the final whistle.
History of the most valuable players in the Audi Cup
2009: Wayne Rooney, Thomas Müller, Michael Rensing, Gennaro Gattuso
2011: Toni Kroos, Thiago Alcántara (2 x), Andrés D’Alessandro
2013: Edin Džeko, Arjen Robben, Marco Amelia, Thomas Müller