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Congratulations to both @abhinavr8 and @KubaMichalczyk on securing the first @NYAsports fellowships. Future. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 6 hours ago

OptaPro is attending #SportsDataLondon today and tomorrow. Get in touch if you'd like to meet at the conference. Breakout. 8 hours ago

BLOG: @JongsmaJongsma has looked into how PSV changed their style of play in 2017/18 to regain the Eredivisie crown… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 May

Since the beginning of the 2017/18 season, ‘shot clarity’ and ‘shot pressure’ are qualifiers that have been added t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 10 May

11 - Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals from attempts under high pressure from defenders in the Premier League this season. Qualifier. 9 May

BLOG: @CBadlan discusses his experiences and the challenges @EFL clubs face when implementing an international recr… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 8 May

BLOG: @CBadlan, now head of recruitment at @Coventry_City, shares insight on developing and implementing an interna… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 8 May

.@JongsmaJongsma presents a data-led analysis of the Eredivisie with a focus on PSV at today's @Sporting_Datatwitter.com/i/web/status/9… 7 May

OptaPro is attending tomorrow’s Analytics in Sport conference in the Netherlands. Get in touch to arrange a meeting… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 May

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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