# Jigsaw Releases Infographic Analyzing and Comparing Competitiveness Between Teams Playing FIFA Qualifier and Group Stage Matches

## A total of 202 teams competed in the Qualifying rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2014, out of which 32 teams entered the Group Stage matches. A team of Jigsawites analyzed data from a total of 868 matches (Qualifying stage: 820 & Group Stage: 48) and came up with some interesting insights.

It was a great learning experience to be able to put our analytics theoretical knowledge into practice.

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A team of students from Jigsaw Academy, a premier online analytics training institute recently completed an interesting analysis on the 202 teams that competed in the Qualifying rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2014, out of which 32 teams entered the Group Stage matches. The students, Aditya Chavali, Tanurag Chowdhary, Shyam A, Parindsheel D and Siddarth B, using data from a total of 868 matches (Qualifying stage: 820 & Group Stage: 48) tried to find out which of the two is more competitive and by what parameters.

The following insights were discovered:

•      Group stage games are more competitive with 44% being won by a margin of a single goal.
•      The number of comebacks from teams losing at the end of the first half doubled in percentage in the group stage.
•      0-0 draws happened at half the frequency in the qualifying stages.
•      Average number of goals scored in the second half is almost 10% higher in the group stage.
•      England are the biggest chokers in this World Cup winning all qualifiers but losing all group games.

The above stats and insights clearly demonstrate that group stages and round of 16 are much more competitive than the qualifiers.

Based on the insights gained, the team at Jigsaw worked at creating an infographic that depicts the comparisons.

"With FIFA fever in the air, this was a really interesting project to work on. It was a great learning experience to be able to put our analytics theoretical knowledge into practice," says Tanurag Chowdhary, Jigsawite.

"The students worked well together and were able to approach the analysis from the right angle, so as to come up with insights that were interesting. This exercise is an important way for Jigsawites to reinforce their learning. Under the guidance of Jigsaw mentors they are encouraged to think like professional analysts and use the date at hand as they would in the real analytics world," says gaurav Vohra, CEO Jigsaw Academy.

Jigsaw Academy is a Bangalore based analytics training company that is run by analytics professionals. Their courses are designed and delivered by industry experts who have applied analytics to solve business problems in a variety of fields like retail, FMCG, financial services, telecom and health care. The instructors use their real-world experiences to teach analytical skills that are most valuable at the work place. Their flagship course called the Foundation course in analytics has been taken by thousands of students across the globe and has helped launch many careers in this new and exciting field. They have recently completed analytics training workshops in B schools across the country, including IIM Bangalore.

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