Is there any open dataset of physical data (e.g. weight and height) of elite football players in european leagues over time (the last 15 years)?

  • Do you want the weight changes of individual players throughout their careers, or the average weight of players (e.g. per team and season) through the last 15 years?. The European Soccer Database gives you only 1 data point /weight per player
    – knb
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 13:11

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European Soccer Database

There is an amazing collection of soccer data published openly at Kaggle -- European Soccer Database.
Make sure you check the diverse examples of analysis of this dataset -- the so called kernels.

From the data source description:

What you get:

  • +25,000 matches
  • +10,000 players 11 European Countries with their lead championship
  • Seasons 2008 to 2016
  • Players and Teams' attributes* sourced from EA Sports' FIFA video game series, including the weekly updates
  • Team lineup with squad formation (X, Y coordinates)
  • Betting odds from up to 10 providers
  • Detailed match events (goal types, possession, corner, cross, fouls, cards etc...) for +10,000 matches

IIHF ice-hockey players height

In case you need just elite sportsmen, here is a small dataset that I gathered manually -- Ice hockey players at IIHF world championships, 2001-2016.


The dataset contains 6292 records of 3333 players' height and weight parameters at 16 world championships.

There is also a blog post with some analysis of this dataset

This post is also available in Russian.

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