2021EURO & COPA AMERICA DATATHON
Terms and Conditions


  1. This Competition is governed by the following Terms and Conditions. 

  1. Participation in the Competition constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. 

  1. Information on how to enter and prizes forms part of the Terms and Conditions. 

  1. The promoter of the Competition is Betfair Pty Limited (ACN 110 084 985) of Level 13, 565 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 (‘Betfair’). 

COMPETITION PERIOD 

  1. The Competition opens at 9am AEST on 10 May 2021 and the closing time for submissions is 11.59pm AEST on 11 June 2021. 

ELIGIBILITY 

  1. The Competition is open to persons who meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  1. they reside in Australia or New Zealand; AND 

  1. they are aged 18 years of age or over; AND 

  1. they are not excluded from wagering with Betfair (Eligible Participant). 

  1. Entry into the Competition is free. 


COMPETITION ENTRIES 

  1. In order to enter the Competition, an Eligible Participant must register their details by filling out the registration form found at: 
    https://www.betfair.com.au/hub/betfair-euro-copa-america-datathon/ 

  1. Competition Entrants must meet the following submission criteria: 

  • final submissions are due by 11.59pm AEST on 11 June 2021; 

  • submissions must include win-draw-loss probabilities for all group stage match ups during both: 

  • the 2021 Euro (i.e. the 36 scheduled group stage matches); and 

  • the 2021 Copa America (i.e. the 20 scheduled group stage matches); 

  • Submissions also must include win-loss probabilities (no draws) for all potential knockout stage match ups during both: 

  • the 2021 Euro (i.e. the 276 possible combinations of teams in the tournament); and 

  • the 2021 Copa America (i.e. the 45 possible combinations of teams in the tournament); 

  • only one (1) submission will be accepted per Competition Entrant; 

  • submissions must contain two (2) files: one (1) file containing predictions for the 2021 Euro and one (1) file containing predictions for the 2021 Copa America; 

  • all submissions must be in a csv format and must be named according to the following naming conventions: 

  • Euro: {model_name}_submission_file_euro.csv 

  • Copa America: {model_name}_submission_file_copa_america.csv 

  • two ‘Dummy Submission Files’ will be provided which outline the required submission format, including: 

  • the team names for the hypothetical match up I.e. team1_name, team2_name; and  

  • the probability of each team winning or a draw i.e. p_team1_win, p_draw, p_team2_win 

  • submissions must follow all the format requirements shown in the two provided two Dummy Submission Files. Any submissions that are not in the correct format or contain an incomplete set of predictions will not be accepted; 

  • to submit your outputs, email your final submission to datathon@betfair.com.au 

  • any submission without a unique model name will be assigned a number in place of a model name and the Competition Entrant will be advised as to the number; 

  • please note - the name of your prediction model will be published on the Betfair website and will be visible to the public. Please keep this in mind when naming your model. Offensive names will not be published; 

  • for a submission to be valid the Competition Entrant must have completed the registration process outlined on the Competition page: https://www.betfair.com.au/hub/betfair-euro-copa-america-datathon/ 

  1. The Competition will be evaluated using the Log Loss method based on the 79 (51 for the Euro, 28 for the Copa America) matches that actually take place. 

  • Winners will be announced via email and on the Betfair website after the 2021 Euro and 2021 Copa America conclude on or around 12 July 2021. The Competition Prizes (see below) will be distributed soon after the announcement of the winners. 

  1. Further information on how to submit your prediction model can be found here via https://www.betfair.com.au/hub/australian-open-datathon/. 


DATA 

13. Betfair will use its best endeavors to supply bespoke soccer data for all international fixtures including both form and price data from 2014 up until the start of the 2021 Euro and 2021 Copa America tournaments. By participating in this Competition, you acknowledge and agree that:  

(a) Betfair does not make any representations, or give any warranties, as to the accuracy or completeness of the data provided; and  

(b) you use the data at your own risk, and Betfair will not be liable for any loss suffered in using the data. 

ADJUDICATION 

14. The winner will be the Competition Entrant with the lowest mean (average) log loss over all matches (both group stage and knock-out/finals) that actually take place (51 Euro matches and 28 Copa America matches). Answers must be submitted in the format that is provided in 'dummy_submission_file_euro.csv' and 'dummy_submission_file_copa_america.csv'. 

15. Predictions for match-ups that do not occur in reality will not be considered in the adjudication process. 

16. If a match starts but is later abandoned, postponements, abandonments and fixture changes will be adjudicated using Betfair’s market rules meaning: 

  • that predictions for any match that is not completed will be voided and not count towards calculating an entry’s final log loss score as long as the match is not played to a finish before midnight local time on its scheduled date; 

  • If a match is postponed, all predictions will be voided and not count towards calculating an entry’s final log loss score as long as the match does not start before 23:59 local time (or if Betfair believes that a match will not have started by such time) on its scheduled date. 

  • Fixtures that are rearranged before the scheduled kick off date will not be regarded as postponements and all predictions will stand, as long as the rescheduled date is within 72 hours of the original kick off time. 

 

17. Winners will be announced via email and on the Betfair website after the Competition concludes on or around 21 February 2021. 

18. The Competition Prizes will be distributed soon after the announcement of the winners. 

COMPETITION PRIZES 

19. The following prizes will be awarded to the Competition Entrants that finish in the top 15 positions. The prizes will be in the form of a bank transfer. Note – cash will not be provided. 


Place 

Prize 

1 

$ 5,000.00 

2 

3,000.00 

3 

2,000.00 

4 

1,000.00 

5 

1,000.00 

6 

500.00 

7 

500.00 

8 

500.00 

9 

500.00 

10 

500.00 

11 

$ 200.00 

12 

$ 200.00 

13 

$ 200.00 

14 

$ 200.00 

15 

$ 200.00 

Total prize pool 

$ 15,500.00 

20. Competition Entrants will be notified by email if they have won a prize. Prize winners must provide valid bank account details to Betfair. 

GENERAL 

  • The results of the Competition (as announced by Betfair) will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into. 

  • Betfair reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and identification details of all Competition Entrants (including identity and age) and disqualify any entry that is not submitted in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. 

  • The Competition is intended for bona fide participants and it is a requirement that all Competition Entrants act in good faith at all times. 

  • If for any reason this Competition is not capable of running as planned, Betfair reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition. If the Competition is cancelled or terminated by Betfair, no prizes will be awarded. 

  • Betfair collects personal information in order to conduct the Competition, and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors and, as required, to Australian regulatory authorities. 

  • Betfair accepts no responsibility whatsoever for system or connection problems that might affect any end user during the Competition. 

  • Betfair shall not be liable for any loss or damages howsoever arising as a result of a Competition Entrant's or winner's participation in the Competition or any modification, alteration, discontinuance or termination of the Competition. 

  • By entering the Competition, Entrants: 

  • will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions; and 

  • agree to be added to Betfair’s database and receive communications from Betfair from time to time. 

 

 

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