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CIES Football Observatory

CIES Football Observatory


Since 2005, the academic team of the CIES Football Observatory has published many football related studies. In particular, its work has focused on player demography, performance analysis and transfer valuations. Innovative research is regularly made available to the general public in the form of freely accessible Monthly Reports and Weekly Posts. Football governing bodies, professional clubs, football academies, leagues and sponsors regularly take advantage of the exclusive expertise gathered within the CIES Football Observatory to enhance their knowledge of the beautiful game, define strategies, improve management processes and increase competitiveness.


Original analysis has been undertaken for several prestigious institutions such as, but not limited to, FIFA, UEFA, European Club Association (ECA), European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), Swiss Football League (SFL), Aspire Academy, Samsung and a number of top-flight clubs in several countries.


In addition to the founders Dr. Raffaele Poli and Dr. Loïc Ravenel, the CIES Football Observatory team includes Dr. Roger Besson and Andrea Pessina. The research group is also supported by the CIES administration team and utilises the collaboration of other CIES staff members. Since 2012, the CIES Football Observatory research team has also been active in other disciplines under the brand of the CIES Sports Observatory. This has notably resulted in the annual publication of the International Basketball Migration Report (IBMR), which is produced in partnership with FIBA (International Basketball Federation).


Since its creation, the CIES Football Observatory collaborates with the IT company IAD Territoire Digital. Data concerning the pitch performance of players is provided by Opta Pro.

CIES Football Observatory

CIES Football Observatory


Since 2005, the academic team of the CIES Football Observatory has published many football related studies. In particular, its work has focused on player demography, performance analysis and transfer valuations. Innovative research is regularly made available to the general public in the form of freely accessible Monthly Reports and Weekly Posts. Football governing bodies, professional clubs, football academies, leagues and sponsors regularly take advantage of the exclusive expertise gathered within the CIES Football Observatory to enhance their knowledge of the beautiful game, define strategies, improve management processes and increase competitiveness.


Original analysis has been undertaken for several prestigious institutions such as, but not limited to, FIFA, UEFA, European Club Association (ECA), European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), Swiss Football League (SFL), Aspire Academy, Samsung and a number of top-flight clubs in several countries.


In addition to the founders Dr. Raffaele Poli and Dr. Loïc Ravenel, the CIES Football Observatory team includes Dr. Roger Besson and Andrea Pessina. The research group is also supported by the CIES administration team and utilises the collaboration of other CIES staff members. Since 2012, the CIES Football Observatory research team has also been active in other disciplines under the brand of the CIES Sports Observatory. This has notably resulted in the annual publication of the International Basketball Migration Report (IBMR), which is produced in partnership with FIBA (International Basketball Federation).


Since its creation, the CIES Football Observatory collaborates with the IT company IAD Territoire Digital. Data concerning the pitch performance of players is provided by Opta Pro.