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PODCAST: The latest Three At The Back episode features an in-depth discussion with @soccerquant.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Feb

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BLOG: @ryanbahia assesses the 2017 #OptaProForum and discusses the future of the event. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Review. 16 Feb

BLOG: A review of the 2017 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Reflection. 16 Feb

.@lucyrushton12 speaks to @ESPNFC on data analysis, manager philosophies & different data cultures. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. International. 15 Feb

BLOG: The latest guest article from Neil Watson explores different game plans in rugby union.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 14 Feb

.@seaningle’s latest @guardian_sport column explores @GarryGelade’s #OptaProForum presentation on crossing. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Whip. 13 Feb

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Double Pivot Podcast

This episode of Double Pivot (@DoublePivotPod), a podcast hosted by Michael Caley and Mike Goodman, includes an in-depth analysis on quantifying defensive style and performance.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Defensive Distance Profiles

Garry Gelade explores how spatial location of defensive activity correlates with opponents' chances of scoring.

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The value of the high press in soccer

Michael Caley shares his views on the adoption of a high press in football for an article in The Washington Post.

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Marseille: The Bielsa Press Quantified

Another installment of Colin Trainor's press intensity series. In this piece he focuses on Marseille's start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa.

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The High Press: Manager Tendencies and where AVB went wrong

Colin Trainor continues to measure the intensity of teams' high press, this time looking at the effect that individual managers have on a team.

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Defensive Metrics: Measuring the Intensity of a High Press

Opta data is used by Colin Trainor to quantify the extent and aggression of high presses employed by teams.

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World Cup: To d-mid or not to d-mid? 25 years of USMNT tactics under the microscope

OptaPro's Devin Pleuler uses network analysis to track the US team's tactical development over their last 6 World Cup appearances.

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Defensive metrics: An introduction

Colin Trainor tries to unpick one of the more difficult areas of analysis.

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