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O.R. Inside Football Fixtures

Producing a schedule of sports fixtures is a complex and difficult task. There are lots of factors to take into account such as making sure two geographically nearby teams aren’t at home on the same day, transport links, clubs asking planners to avoid other local events such as carnivals, avoiding the dates of cup competitions, police requirements, making sure that no team plays more than two consecutive home games, and so on.

As well as helping to get the football fixtures produced in time for the start of each season, O.R. professionals are involved in the designing of software and computer algorithms to support the production of timetables and schedules for all kinds of applications from staff rostering to school or college timetables.

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