Brazil uses GotSoccer to Schedule

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), working with GotSoccerPro, has released the schedules for the Campeonato Brasileiro, the country’s 20-team premier division.

GotSoccerPro was also used to create the fixtures for Serie B and C, the second and third professional tiers. Both divisions have 20 teams each.

“It was wonderful working with the CBF,” said GotSoccer president Gavin Owen-Thomas. “It’s one of the top leagues in the world and we had numerous huge tasks to solve. The league had over 700 constraints and rules, some of them extremely difficult.

“For example, minimizing the instances in which Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo clubs played each other in the same rounds that state derbies were occurring in those states, and at the same time making certain a team celebrating its anniversary had an attractive TV time slot.”

Owen-Thomas said it was one of the toughest schedules GotSoccerPro had worked on.

“GotSoocerPro created over 1,200 schedules, and the rules were changing daily as all the stake-holders, such as the TV networks, clubs, police and transportation officials were inputting information.”

Born out of collaboration with the Major League Soccer (MLS) to build a professional scheduling program, GotSoccerPro allows leagues to tackle the complex task of producing a professional schedule and create the best schedule possible using linear optimisation –  a method to achieve the best outcome (such as maximum profit or lowest cost) in a mathematical model whose requirements are represented by linear relationships.

As well as generating the best schedule possible, GotSoccerPro also offers a range of innovative tools to help professional leagues, such as a fully integrated professional referee assigning system, a Schedule Comparison Tool, as well as a whole range of report tools.

Pedro Paulo da Silva Lima (left) and Thiago Jannuzzi (right) of the Brazilian Football Federation and Gavin Owen-Thomas of GotSoccer (center)

CBF official Thiago Jannuzzi said he was extremely pleased with the results of the first year collaboration with GotSoccer.

Pedro Paulo da Silva Lima of the CBF competitions department said: “GotSoccer sent a scheduling expert to Rio de Janeiro to work alongside our competition staff until the fixtures were complete. I really appreciate the time and effort GotSoccer put into creating the schedules and it was a pleasure to work with the company.”

GotSoccer also creates the schedules and fixtures for 14 other major leagues world-wide.

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