Understanding why some teams not only win, but win consistently.

GAIN LINE Analytics is an operations and management consultancy with a unique perspective on success in professional sports. We believe great teams are more than just the sum of their parts; we believe great teams are the product of the linkages and connections within their playing group. As such, we help clubs build these linkages and connections with a view to sustainable, long-term success both on and off the field. As distinct from other firms in the industry, GAIN LINE Analytics places a strong focus on data analysis and quantitative research. This means we offer our clients solutions that are grounded in evidence and real-world experience.


Our research has shown that the Performance of a team is directly linked to the Cohesion of that team.


GAIN LINE Analytics Measures, Analyses, Predicts and Creates Cohesion

We have been looking at hundreds of teams and thousands of players in union, league, soccer, AFL, ice hockey and generally any sport that uses teamwork. In the end, we found that instead of looking at each individual player, it was better to think of sporting teams as a network of connected relationships.
— Ben Darwin (Director & Founder of GAIN LINE) in the Sydney Morning Herald


The Layers of Cohesion

The Layers of Cohesion

For a team to achieve on-going success, it is not enough for its players to be merely talented and well coached; the playing group must also have cohesion.

GAIN LINE Analytics has developed an unique metric, Teamwork index (TWI®), for measuring the quantity and intensity of linkages within a team's playing list. The higher a side's TWI®the more cohesive the team, the more likely the organisation is to enjoy sustained on-field success, off-field stability, and heightened brand engagement.

TWI® consists of multiple layers from cohesion created by the organisations overall philosophy down to cohesion created on a game-by-game basis. 

“The GAIN LINE Analytics programme that Ben has assembled is the result of thousands of hours of high performance analysis. He has gone to great lengths to identify the points of difference and points of advantage in the high performance arena. The results will challenge your paradigms of thought and will be well worth the time you allocate to invest in the future.”
— Robbie Deans, Panasonic Wild Knights, former Wallabies & Canterbury Crusaders coach.
“..teams (have) ignored, or at best underestimated, the power of cohesion and the competitive advantage that affords. The research is there. Perhaps it’s time we took notice of it.”
— Gary Gold, Director of Rugby at Sharks Rugby, former Springboks assistant coach.


GAIN LINE Analytics influence stretches across multiple sporting, media, educational and corporate organisations.


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