mplsoccer is a Python library for drawing soccer/football pitches in Matplotlib and loading StatsBomb open-data.
Use the package manager pip to install mplsoccer.
pip install mplsoccer
Plot a StatsBomb pitch:
from mplsoccer.pitch import Pitch pitch = Pitch(pitch_color='grass', line_color='white', stripe=True) fig, ax = pitch.draw()
Why mplsoccer exists?¶
mplsoccer shares some of the tools I built for the OptaPro Analytics Forum. At the time there weren’t any open-sourced python tools. Now alternatives exist, such as matplotsoccer
By using mplsoccer, I hope that you can spend more time building insightful graphics rather than having to learn to draw pitches from scratch.
Advantages of mplsoccer¶
draws 7 different pitch types by changing a single argument, which is useful as there isn’t a standardised data format
extends matplotlib to plot heatmaps, (comet) lines, footballs and rotated markers
flips the data coordinates when in a vertical orientation so you don’t need to remember to flip them
creates tidy dataframes for StatsBomb data, which is useful as most of the alternatives produce nested dataframes
Contributions are welcome. It would be great to add the following functionality to mplsoccer:
I would also welcome more examples in the gallery to help others.
mplsoccer was inspired by other people’s work:
Peter McKeever inspired the API design
ggsoccer is a library for plotting pitches in R
lastrow often tweets animations and the accompanying code
fcrstats has some great tutorials for using football data
fcpython also has some great tutorials in Python
Karun Singh tweets some interesting football analytics and visuals
StatsBomb has great visual designs and free open-data
John Burn-Murdoch’s tweet got me interested in football analytics