First, you can use any activity tracker like a Garmin watch, a Fitbit or an Apple Watch to track you football game as any other outdoor activity. But the issue is that applications like Strava do not support football specifically. You can still use Strava to track your activity around games like the Football for Fathers club does, and you can certainly track your games as well this way. But the stats will be running stats, not football specific (e.g. no top speed, no sprint distance …).
Others have felt the same frustration. In Laces Out, Pierre Delarroqua explains how he analyses his data. Out of this, he built a free webapp where you can connect with Strava and get the same plots. Unfortunately some functionality seems broken.
There are also options you can pay for. Playertek in particular has probably the best offering. In particular, they offer an Apple Watch App that costs €5.99 per month.
If like me, you remain unsatisfied with those options, follow along.
I play football at work for fun and also as part of a company league.
I’ve written before about one game, and here is how I built a visualisation of our
March 9th game (just before confinement):
OneFootball 3 - 1 Exozet.
I track my games using my activity tracker and Strava.
I can download the GPX file from Strava and then analyse it using python.
The only manual input was to annotate the corners of the big pitch in the Mauerpark.
I then derive the small pitch location (orange) and the goal posts location (target markers) automatically.
I also detect when the warm up ends to make sure I visualise only my game (the blue dot).