Sport- and competition planning

Automatic and optimal planning of sport competitions

Numerous planning problems occur in the organisation of sport competitions: automatic appointments for referees and officials, the best possible match schedules that satisfy as many clubs as possible, or automatic and optimal series compositions. We already help the Royal Belgian Football Federation with their planning issues, and we are keen to tackle yours as well.

The organization of sport competitions is a tedious and time consuming task, not only from an administrative point of view. In each sport discipline there are a number of planning issues that can not be solved manually. MoveteX has a wide experience in the planning of sport competitions, for instance in determining the best possible match schedules, or in the automatic composition of series for youth teams.

Automatic appointments for referees

When appointing referees or match officials, a very large number of boundary conditions must be taken into account: referees may not go back too much or too fast to the same team, their category (qualities), their availability and their personal preferences should be considered. Clubs can reject referees and vice versa. There is also a general shortage of referees, so they have to be appointed as efficiently as possible, etc. As soon as the number of matches per week is in the order of a few dozen, it becomes almost impossible to appoint the referees faultlessly and efficiently manually.

RefAssiST is the solution for efficient referees management and automatic appointments for referees or match officials. Thanks to RefAssiST, with built-in algorithms for automatic appointments, this process becomes time efficient, errors are avoided and travel costs can be reduced.

RefAssiST has been used for more than 4 seasons for all referees' appointments at the Royal Belgian Football Association. In addition, world football organization FIFA uses the platform to guide their referees to major tournaments (including the World Cup).

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Match schedules & league compositions

Automatic match schedules

In a lot of sport federations, composing match schedules is done according to a fixed pattern: teams get a number assigned that determines the sequence of their opponents. The result of this ad hoc technique are numerous changes of the proposed fixtures during the season. Our mathematical algorithms are the only way to satisfy as many clubs as possible and to reduce calendar changes to an absolute minimum.

A wide range of boundary conditions have to be taken into account when composing a match schedule. For indoor sports this can be the availability of the sports hall. When a club has multiple youth teams, a combined travel can be an important aspect during the composition. For first teams, a home- or away match of an adjacent club has to be taken into account. In the highest divisions, the availabilities of stewards, safety people and police can be decisive. Tv-rights will make the problem even more complex.

Automatic series compositions

Presume 50 sport (youth) teams that are registered to play in the same league. Obviously, not all teams can play against each other and they have to be split up into different series. How can these series be put together? There are millions of possible compositions, but which one is the best?

There are different conflicting boundary conditions that characterize this problem. The distance between the different clubs should certainly be taken into account. In addition, several teams specifically want or don’t want to play against each other. The quality of the teams may be an issue as well. And how many teams should play in one series?

 

Match schedules & league compositions that satisfy all clubs?

All these aspects obviously prove that simple rules of thumb are no longer enough. The only way to compose match schedules is doing this by a more efficient custom-made optimization algorithm.