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News and analysis from the OptaPro team.

.@EveryTeam_Mark shares a list of some of the most popular analytical articles from this past season. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Survey. 22 May

Scunthorpe United’s @HarryJamieson_ discusses his role with @footballfactman on the Different Game podcast. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Iron. 18 May

This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack discusses the perception, application & evolution of performance data.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 13 May

This episode is hosted by @ryanbahia and features @BenMackriell & @simonjfarrant, who makes his first… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

PODCAST: This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack focuses on the progression of applied data over the past 5 years.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

Columbia University students use Opta data to dissect how teams can climb above the red line in @MLS. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Playoffs. 4 May

The next episode of #ThreeAtTheBack will review OptaPro's first 5 years & explore how this industry has evolved and… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 May

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BLOG: The economics of possession

Devin Pleuler analyses the nature of possession and how certain teams use it.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 15:28

BLOG: Sustainable possession

Some possessions are meandering treatises on the premise of slowly coaxing the opposition out of a disciplined shape. Other possessions are break-neck attempts to exploit a fleeting weakness. The rest of possessions reside in a limbo between these two extremes; not so fast that you're tripping over your own feet, but fast enough that you can still exploit open space. In this article, we will dig into this middling rate of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 11:42

BLOG: Involvement

Our ongoing work into the revaluation of possession can now tell us not only how much time each team has had the ball, it also allows us to look at what teams have been doing – and which players have been doing it – in greater detail than ever before.
Posted by Sam Green at 16:17

COLUMBIA BLOG: Scoring Possessions

The first in a series of analytical blogs by a research team from New York's Columbia University.
Posted by Columbia University at 17:41

BLOG: How will Remy's arrival help QPR?

An analytical look at how Loic Remy can help QPR.
Posted by Sam Green at 17:13