Stuart Lancaster visited our Leeds office this week and spoke with collection manager Conor Tyndall. Coach. 27 Apr

.@SaturdayOnCouch uses key statistics to analyse teams ahead of the Champions & Europa League semi-finals. Standout. 26 Apr

Analyst @RevsTimC discusses the implementation of analytics at New England Revolution. Edge. 26 Apr

Students from Columbia University use data to build a 20-man MLS roster from scratch. Assignment. 20 Apr

.@TeleFootball speaks with #WHUFC’s Rory Campbell, technical analyst & scout, on analytics in football. Irons. 18 Apr

.@mixedknuts applies data to discuss shot quality and decision-making in his latest StatsBomb article. Pop. 13 Apr

.@BenMackriell is attending the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit #SportsLondon tomorrow. Get in touch to arrange a meeting. Connect. 12 Apr

News & blog

NEWS: OptaPro to work with Australian Rugby Union (ARU)

The ARU announces Opta as its official data and statistics provider.

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BLOG: Assessing aerial performance across European leagues

Todd Kingston's Elo ratings work in Major League Soccer is applied to European leagues.

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VIDEO: Sam Jackson presents at the OptaPro Analytics Forum

Sam Jackson showcases a new metric to evaluate a goalkeeper's ability to deal with crosses.

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VIDEO: Sam Gregory presents at the OptaPro Analytics Forum

Sam Gregory explores the value of variation in attack in the Premier League.

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Interesting links

The importance of high-return shots

Garry Gelade’s latest analytical blog explores the value in making the correct shooting decisions.

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By the numbers: How the New England Revolution gain an edge together

Tim Crawford, analyst at New England Revolution, discusses the role of analytics at the MLS team in an article for the official league website.

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Learning how to build a successful MLS roster from scratch

As part of OptaPro’s partnership with Columbia University, students take on the task of using data to build a 20-man MLS roster.

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The numbers don't lie: why football clubs place such importance on analytics

Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph on the implementation of analytics within professional football, discussing issues with West Ham’s Rory Campbell, technical scout and analyst at the Premier League side.

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Explaining and training shot quality

Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) discusses shot quality and influencing a player's decision-making in his latest StatsBomb article.

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