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This Thursday sees OptaPro host its first football analytics conference in Germany. bit.ly/2nrXNOJ. Presentations. 21 Mar

.@Worville provides an in-depth analysis of Napoli, assessing various aspects of their playing style. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Informed. 20 Mar

BLOG: @Worville applies a possessions model to this data-driven analysis of @sscnapoli. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Se… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 Mar

BLOG: @Worville uses a possessions model for an in-depth analysis of @sscnapoli. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Partenope… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 Mar

.@ghostgoal has used @neilcharles_uk's #OptaProForum presentation to look at how effective Tony Pulis is.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 Mar

VIDEO: ‘Shoot! Optimising the location of attempts on goal’. @neilcharles_uk’s #OptaProForum presentation. bit.ly/2mx0Zrv. Options. 16 Mar

The presentation slides from @neilcharles_uk’s #OptaProForum talk can be accessed here: bit.ly/2mx0Zrv. Su… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Mar

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WWC BLOG: Abby Wambach & the USWNT's long-ball problem

Originally posted on MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler analyses the USWNT's style of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 00:00

BLOG: Assessing the use of game state in predictive models

The data shows that whether a team is winning or losing affects the shots they take, but should game state be included in predictive models?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 13:00

BLOG: Throwing the Kitchen Sink. Efficiency of Half-Time substitutions.

How effective are half-time substitutions?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:32

BLOG: On the topic of Expected Goals and the repeatability of finishing skill

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the soccer analytics community around Expected Goals and it's repeatability. Public research in this area has perhaps been the most exciting development the community has had in recent times and in this post we attempt to summarize the crux of the arguments being made and provide an alternative direction to previous research.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 10:49

BLOG: Augmenting free-kick data for more meaningful results

Why free-kick success doesn't tell the whole story: avoiding the pitfalls of a small sample size.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:36