Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Russia World Cup 2018 Simulator

With the World Cup upon us, this year being hosted in Russia I decided to take the hard work I did in making a football simulation engine: available here and discussed in this blog and put it to good use in a real life scenario.

What better way to test the module and see if it is anywhere near accurate then to simulate each result in the 2018 World Cup. At the same time I've been ironing out some issues and we are - at the time of writing - onto version 2.0.1 and the modules working a charm.

I have decided to host the nodeJS application on IBM Cloud, which gives 255MB free nodeJS deployment especially for this type of development work. Whilst it wouldn't be enough to handle Sky Sports Super 6 traffic, it should be enough for the numbers I'm expecting over the World Cup.

Bored of me talking, go try the simulator for yourself:
                   https://worldcup2018simulator.eu-gb.mybluemix.net/home.html 

First pick your two teams (I've gone for Tunisia vs England) and click select teams.
Hint: If you don't pick any teams or only pick one, just click "select teams" and it'll randomly pick two teams. 
Select your team
This dynamically generates 11 selection boxes with each countries squad displayed in each box, ready to pick your team. You will also need to select your formation or it won't work!
pick your players
Not sure who to pick? Just click random select and it will pick a formation. This will fill in each position with either a Goalkeeper, a Defender, a Midfielder or a Forward depending on the formation and the players preferred position.
Hint: Not all player of a certain type will be put in their best position i.e. an RB in a CB position!

After you hit "Simulate Match" you'll see a screen with all the players selected and the positions they were put in. At which point you can either do a "Quick Match" which simulates the match with updates to the statistics or you can "Watch Match" which will give a graphical view.
Hint: Mobile Phones should be held in landscape mode
Ready to Play
Watch Match
Quick Match
Best of three has it. Tunisia will win 1 - 0.
Let's hope not
Let me know how you get on via email or comments below.

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