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NEWS: OptaPro Analytics Forum accepting entries

In February 2015, OptaPro will be hosting its second football analytics forum.

Following the successful inaugural Analytics Forum in 2014, the event in 2015 will bring together leading analytical practitioners in sport, from those representing professional clubs and organisations to amateur analysts and those who contribute to online publications.

The invite-only event provides an open platform for some of elite sport’s most prominent analytical minds, offering a chance for the most active people in this field to posit theories, respond to questions or criticism, and further develop their analysis.

You will have the opportunity to meet and speak directly to key names in this field, as well as present your work to them.

The one-day event will consist of presentations from analysts who have submitted abstracts and had them accepted by the OptaPro Analytics Forum judging panel.

The OptaPro Analytics Forum 2015 judging panel

  • Dr. Ian Graham, Liverpool FC Director of Research
  • Chris Anderson, co-author of The Numbers Game
  • Blake Wooster, Co-founder and CEO of 21st Club
  • Sam Green and Devin Pleuler, OptaPro's Advanced Data Analysts


Each presentation will be followed by extended Q&A sessions, with the aim of making it a true review of analytical work.

These sessions will give the participants a chance to outline and explain their own theories, supported by extensive data analysis.

Abstract categories, submission and judging

We have decided to offer two different submission categories:

      i.        Open call for papers with a specific data request from Opta - we are able to provide a specific dataset for an accepted abstract.

     ii.        Open call for papers that wouldn't require data from us - we want this event to be data neutral. If you have a different data source you wish to use, please specify this when submitting an abstract.

Analysts will be able to submit abstracts for both categories.

In order to secure a presentation slot, potential participants will be required to submit a short abstract, outlining the focus of their presentation/theory.

The deadline for submissions is 1st December, 2014.

Once the deadline has passed, the abstracts will be judged anonymously and successful applicants will be provided with any data they have requested and will be invited to the event.

In order to ensure that the event truly represents the highest possible tier of data analysis, the event will be limited in attendance to invited ticket holders only. Everyone who has an abstract submission approved will automatically receive an invite to the event. 

Application details

In order to submit an abstract for consideration, you will need to provide the following information:


Proposed area of study

Proposed method


Contact details

This information must be submitted via email attachment, and be limited to no more than a single page of A4.

Abstracts should be submitted to with ‘Analytics Forum 2015’ in the subject.

Posted by Ryan Bahia at 10:00


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