GETTING A KICK OUT OF FINANCE: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF SOCCER’S TRANSFER MARKET

Open Access
Author:
Blair, Richard Joseph
Area of Honors:
Finance
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • Brian Davis, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Richard
  • Joseph
  • Blair
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Soccer
  • Sports
  • Moneyball
  • Valuation
  • Model
Abstract:
This thesis attempts to determine if “Moneyball,” an analytical approach utilizing data, can be applied to soccer in an effort to accurately determine player value. There is often a subjective quality to valuing athletes; however, the development of sabermetrics and their application with Moneyball have allowed general managers the opportunity to objectively analyze players. Intrinsic value can be determined therein and roster management decisions can occur without behavioral finance components.