Opta Sports Pro Interesting Links A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web. (c) 2017 Opta Sports http://www.optasportspro.com Fri, 15 September 2017 09:17:52 Fri, 15 September 2017 09:17:52 Vacancy at Southampton Football Club http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/vacancy-at-southampton-football-club/ Southampton Football Club are recruiting a first team analyst. www.onlineresourcing.co.uk/jobs/SouthamptonFCcareers/1/jobdetails/?jobid=13875 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/vacancy-at-southampton-football-club/ Fri, 15 September 2017 09:17:52 Serie A-ttack! http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/serie-a-ttack!/ Euan Dewar profiles attacking output across Serie A, comparing the league against other European competitions as well as analysing specific teams in this article for StatsBomb. statsbomb.com/2017/09/serie-a-ttack/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/serie-a-ttack!/ Mon, 11 September 2017 09:53:07 Data analytics at NYCFC http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-analytics-at-nycfc/ Dan Fradley, NYCFC Performance Analyst, reveals how he applies data and analytics to support and influence the performances of New York City Football Club. www.nycfc.com/post/2017/09/05/watch-data-analytics-soccer?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-analytics-at-nycfc/ Wed, 06 September 2017 17:24:36 Premier League defensive profiles http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-defensive-profiles/ Mark Taylor uses Opta data to analyse defensive actions, exploring where on the pitch teams and players are making these actions. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/premier-league-defensive-profiles.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-defensive-profiles/ Tue, 05 September 2017 16:17:31 Advice for non-traditional data scientists http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/advice-for-non-traditional-data-scientists/ Applicable to the elite sport industry, Gordon Shotwell (@gshotwell) provides an insightful, informative blog outlining career advice for non-traditional data scientists. blog.shotwell.ca/2017/08/29/advice-for-non-traditional-data-scientists/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/advice-for-non-traditional-data-scientists/ Fri, 01 September 2017 11:28:41 Stopping the supply: How understanding passing sequences helps win games http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stopping-the-supply-how-understanding-passing-sequences-helps-win-games/ Adam Bate (@ghostgoal) uses the sequence and possessions framework to analyse player involvement – beyond assists and key passes – in attacking moves in an article for Sky Sports. www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11001563/stopping-the-supply-how-understanding-passing-sequences-helps-win-games http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stopping-the-supply-how-understanding-passing-sequences-helps-win-games/ Thu, 24 August 2017 11:14:49 Analytics in Soccer - SSAC 2012 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-in-soccer-ssac-2012/ What role can analytics play in football? The panel at the 2012 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference explores this debate, and addresses the commonly held misperception that football can't be analysed in the same way as other sports. www.sloansportsconference.com/?p=4558 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-in-soccer-ssac-2012/ Mon, 19 March 2012 17:06:37 Norwich City are recruiting a data analyst http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/norwich-city-are-recruiting-a-data-analyst/ A recruitment data analyst position is available at Norwich City Football Club. The closing date for all applications is Friday 25th August 2017. www.canaries.co.uk/Our-Club/Work-With-Us/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/norwich-city-are-recruiting-a-data-analyst/ Thu, 17 August 2017 09:54:47 StatsBomb 2017/18 season previews http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/statsbomb-201718-season-previews/ A host of analysts have contributed to the in-depth statistical team previews ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season. statsbomb.com/2017/08/the-statsbomb-previews-2017-18/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/statsbomb-201718-season-previews/ Thu, 10 August 2017 16:12:42 How costly are missed penalties? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-costly-are-missed-penalties/ In an EPL season that has been notable for the number of penalty chances spurned, Omar Chaudhuri looks at how this has affected overall results and related league standings. www.5addedminutes.com/2012/03/23/how-costly-are-missed-penalties/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-costly-are-missed-penalties/ Mon, 26 March 2012 11:38:18 North American sports culture helping MLS clubs buy into analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/north-american-sports-culture-helping-mls-clubs-buy-into-analytics/ This ESPN article explores how analytical processes are being integrated by MLS teams across both analysis and recruitment. www.espn.co.uk/football/major-league-soccer/19/blog/post/3160499/north-american-sports-culture-helping-mls-clubs-buy-into-analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/north-american-sports-culture-helping-mls-clubs-buy-into-analytics/ Fri, 21 July 2017 16:00:05 Visualising football data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/visualising-football-data/ Martin Eastwood showcases a new way to visualise a player's statistics, as he explores an alternative to using radar maps. pena.lt/y/2017/07/17/radar-alternatives-football-data/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/visualising-football-data/ Wed, 19 July 2017 09:55:38 How Everton dealt with Swansea City's passing threat http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-everton-dealt-with-swansea-citys-passing-threat/ Using the Opta-powered Stats Zone app, the We Are Premier League blog analysed how Everton were able to force the Swans' creative players to drop deeper in search of the ball, thus limiting their attacking threat. www.wearepremierleague.com/2012/03/swansea-0-everton-2.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-everton-dealt-with-swansea-citys-passing-threat/ Fri, 30 March 2012 14:37:09 How the New York Mets use data and analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-new-york-mets-use-data-and-analytics/ Featured in SportTechie, this article provides insight into the data-driven culture at the New York Mets. www.sporttechie.com/how-the-new-york-mets-use-data-and-analytics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-new-york-mets-use-data-and-analytics/ Wed, 12 July 2017 15:20:00 Dropbox - football analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/dropbox-football-analytics/ Ray Hamill (@FinerMargins) has compiled and categorised a comprehensive catalogue linking to useful football analytics resources. www.dropbox.com/sh/7lq8810hfd6u482/AABBEJQhNaz4-hBDirB4oYDma?dl=0 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/dropbox-football-analytics/ Mon, 10 July 2017 15:47:46 Time of Possession http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/time-of-possession/ Courtesy of the brilliant 'Power of Goals' blog, author Mark Taylor investigates whether the popular 'Time of Possession' statistic is actually meaningless when establishing a team's overall performance during a game. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/time-of-possession.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/time-of-possession/ Tue, 03 April 2012 16:34:59 On the anatomy of a counter-attack http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/on-the-anatomy-of-a-counter-attack/ Will Gürpinar-Morgan builds on his OptaPro Analytics Forum (2017) presentation with this in-depth article on ‘fast attacks from deep’ in the Premier League. statsbomb.com/2017/07/on-the-anatomy-of-a-counter-attack/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/on-the-anatomy-of-a-counter-attack/ Tue, 04 July 2017 15:05:21 Great Lakes Analytics in Sport Conference – Devin Pleuler, Toronto FC http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/great-lakes-analytics-in-sport-conference-–-devin-pleuler,-toronto-fc/ Ahead of the Great Lakes Analytics in Sport Conference (on 13th July), Scott Tappa speaks with event speaker and Manager of Analytics at Toronto FC, Devin Pleuler. soundcloud.com/user-459072728/great-lakes-analytics-in-sports-conference-devin-pleuler-toronto-fc http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/great-lakes-analytics-in-sport-conference-–-devin-pleuler,-toronto-fc/ Thu, 29 June 2017 15:24:03 Did City just run out of luck? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/did-city-just-run-out-of-luck/ At the time of writing, Manchester City have turned a two point lead at the summit of the EPL into an eight point deficit in the space of a month. There have been many theories from various commentators that speculate how this occurred, many of which focus on perceived off-field problems. However, Chris Anderson (on his brilliant Soccer By The Numbers blog) uses data to argue that, unfortunately for City, their luck simply changed. www.soccerbythenumbers.com/2012/04/did-city-just-run-out-of-luck.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/did-city-just-run-out-of-luck/ Tue, 10 April 2012 15:38:51 Quantifying passing ability http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/quantifying-passing-ability/ Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) introduces and discusses a more considered approach to evaluate passing ability. statsbomb.com/2017/06/passing-percentages-are-mostly-useless-quantifying-passing-ability/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/quantifying-passing-ability/ Thu, 15 June 2017 10:46:44 Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-underdogs-do-better-in-hockey-than-basketball/ Created by Vox, this film focuses on well certain sports measure skill. In other words, how confident can we be that outcomes in a sport reflect true differences in skill? www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNlgISa9Giw http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-underdogs-do-better-in-hockey-than-basketball/ Tue, 13 June 2017 11:18:46 New way of visualising the beautiful game http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/new-way-of-visualising-the-beautiful-game/ MLS.com's Central Winger article has developed a new way of displaying Opta passing data. Devin Pleuler has analysed passing trends from a selected MLS game last weekend to demonstrate a new way of showing how the two teams performed. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/04/10/central-winger-new-way-visualizing-beautiful-game http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/new-way-of-visualising-the-beautiful-game/ Wed, 11 April 2012 09:33:55 Where will T20 cricket go next? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-will-t20-cricket-go-next/ Writing for ESPN Cricinfo, Jarrod Kimber discusses the increasing influence of data across T20 cricket – and by extension, in international cricket. www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/1099221.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-will-t20-cricket-go-next/ Fri, 26 May 2017 11:58:33 Online analysts survey: Favourite articles of 2016/17 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/online-analysts-survey-favourite-articles-of-201617/ Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) shares a list of the most popular analytical articles from the past season following an online survey. everyteamneedsaron.com/2017/05/21/online-analysts-survey-favourite-articles-of-201617/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/online-analysts-survey-favourite-articles-of-201617/ Mon, 22 May 2017 09:24:36 Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Real Madrid: Match Analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bayern-munich-2-1-real-madrid-match-analysis/ Following the Champions League semi-final first leg between Bayern and Real, Footballistically analyses the game using Stats Zone. www.footballistically.co.uk/index.php/2012/04/17/bayern-2-1-real-madrid-match-analysis/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bayern-munich-2-1-real-madrid-match-analysis/ Wed, 18 April 2012 10:54:18 Performance analyst podcast with Scunthorpe United’s Harry Jamieson http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/performance-analyst-podcast-with-scunthorpe-united’s-harry-jamieson/ Scunthorpe United head performance analyst Harry Jamieson discusses his role and the use of data within professional football with Paul Riley on the Different Game podcast. soundcloud.com/differentgame/02-performance-analyst-podcast-with-scunthorpes-harry-jamieson http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/performance-analyst-podcast-with-scunthorpe-united’s-harry-jamieson/ Thu, 18 May 2017 12:24:08 Columbia University students dissect how to climb above the red line in MLS http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/columbia-university-students-dissect-how-to-climb-above-the-red-line-in-mls/ Major League Soccer profile the latest instalment of OptaPro's partnership with Columbia University. www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/05/04/columbia-university-students-dissect-how-climb-above-red-line-mls?utm_source=social_share&utm_medium=share_button&utm_campaign=social_share_button http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/columbia-university-students-dissect-how-to-climb-above-the-red-line-in-mls/ Thu, 04 May 2017 15:55:40 Rafa Benitez analyses an MLS game http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rafa-benitez-analyses-an-mls-game/ Using Opta data, Rafa Benitez tactically analyses the LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers match. www.rafabenitez.com/web/index.php?act=mostrarBlog&id_entrada=79&idioma=in http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rafa-benitez-analyses-an-mls-game/ Thu, 19 April 2012 14:05:57 Shots and goals: quality, expectations and context http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shots-and-goals-quality,-expectations-and-context/ Keith Lyons provides a comprehensive resource reviewing literature across introductions to analytics, shots and expected goals. keithlyons.me/blog/2017/04/20/shots-and-goals-quality-expectations-and-context/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shots-and-goals-quality,-expectations-and-context/ Fri, 21 April 2017 15:48:52 CIES Football Observatory digital atlas http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-football-observatory-digital-atlas/ The CIES Football Observatory’s interactive digital atlas visualises and compares squad data throughout Europe. www.football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/atlas/en/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-football-observatory-digital-atlas/ Fri, 21 April 2017 13:09:10 The Numbers Game: Which teams are the worst travellers? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-numbers-game-which-teams-are-the-worst-travellers/ As England head out to Sri Lanka to continue their defence of the No.1 test ranking, S Rajesh's analytical discussion of how teams from outside Asia have fared in the subcontinent on Cricinfo makes for essential reading. www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/552712.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-numbers-game-which-teams-are-the-worst-travellers/ Mon, 12 March 2012 16:09:38 Opta Spotlight: How lethal are New York Red Bulls in front of goal? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/opta-spotlight-how-lethal-are-new-york-red-bulls-in-front-of-goal/ Each week, MLSsoccer.com and Opta highlights one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture. This week's feature focuses on New York Red Bulls and their attacking talent's ability in front of goal. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/04/17/opta-spotlight-just-how-lethal-are-new-york-front-goal http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/opta-spotlight-how-lethal-are-new-york-red-bulls-in-front-of-goal/ Mon, 23 April 2012 11:07:54 Tottenham: success awaits? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/tottenham-success-awaits/ Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke applies a data-driven analysis to dissect Tottenham Hotspur’s performances over the past two seasons. statsbomb.com/2017/04/tottenham-success-awaits/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/tottenham-success-awaits/ Thu, 20 April 2017 09:29:33 Juggling expectations: the emergence of soccer analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/juggling-expectations-the-emergence-of-soccer-analytics/ Ted Knutson (StatsBomb Services), Padraig Smith (Colorado Rapids), Daniel Stenz (Hungarian Football Association) and Hendrik Almstadt (PGA European Tour, formerly Arsenal and Aston Villa) make up the football analytics panel at the 2017 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. www.sloansportsconference.com/content/juggling-expectations-emergence-soccer-analytics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/juggling-expectations-the-emergence-of-soccer-analytics/ Thu, 06 April 2017 12:50:41 Interview with an MLS analyst http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-an-mls-analyst/ ESPN interview with New York Red Bulls analyst David Lee, discussing the differences between attitudes to sports analytics in the USA and UK and what his role entails. espn.go.com/sports/soccer/blog/_/name/five_aside/id/7795058/a-chat-rbny-analyst-david-lee http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-an-mls-analyst/ Wed, 25 April 2012 17:54:39 Want to have a long career? Play in goal or central defence http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/want-to-have-a-long-career-play-in-goal-or-central-defence/ Writing for ESPNFC, Michael Caley applies data to analyse ageing patterns in relation to position. www.espnfc.com/blog/tactics-and-analysis/67/post/3056495/soccer-age-curves-show-goalkeepers-and-central-defenders-peak-latest http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/want-to-have-a-long-career-play-in-goal-or-central-defence/ Fri, 31 March 2017 13:44:08 An examination of corner kick strategies in European leagues http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-examination-of-corner-kick-strategies-in-european-leagues/ Alex Rathke provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum poster, which is an in-depth analysis of corner kicks across major European leagues. alexrathke.net/2017/03/an-examination-of-corner-kick-strategies-in-european-leagues/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-examination-of-corner-kick-strategies-in-european-leagues/ Thu, 30 March 2017 12:45:01 Rugby: Leicester Tigers using predictive analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-leicester-tigers-using-predictive-analytics/ Leicester Tigers have teamed up with IBM to use predictive analytics in an effort to reduce injuries. asmarterplanet.com/blog/2012/04/16881.html?goback=%2Egde_1056867_member_111586590 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-leicester-tigers-using-predictive-analytics/ Mon, 30 April 2012 14:43:47 Is Tony Pulis' so-called Pulisball the most effective way for West Brom? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-tony-pulis-so-called-pulisball-the-most-effective-way-for-west-brom/ Adam Bate from SkySports analyses Tony Pulis' effectiveness at West Brom using Neil Charles' OptaPro Forum presentation. www.skysports.com/football/news/11698/10803578/is-tony-pulis-so-called-pulisball-the-most-effective-way-for-west-brom http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-tony-pulis-so-called-pulisball-the-most-effective-way-for-west-brom/ Fri, 17 March 2017 09:43:51 Identifying and assessing team-level strategies: 2017 OptaPro Forum Presentation http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/identifying-and-assessing-team-level-strategies-2017-optapro-forum-presentation/ Will Gürpinar-Morgan provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation, in which some key findings are discussed. 2plus2equals11.com/2017/03/12/identifying-and-assessing-team-level-strategies-2017-optapro-forum-presentation/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/identifying-and-assessing-team-level-strategies-2017-optapro-forum-presentation/ Mon, 13 March 2017 08:34:15 Wayne Rooney: Transformation into a playmaking forward http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wayne-rooney-transformation-into-a-playmaking-forward/ Analysis of Wayne Rooney's subtle transformation, from an out and striker into a stylish playmaker, using Opta data. www.sportskeeda.com/2012/04/26/wayne-rooney-complete-forward/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wayne-rooney-transformation-into-a-playmaking-forward/ Thu, 03 May 2012 09:36:50 Lucy Rushton Q&A: The role of analytics in building Atlanta United FC http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lucy-rushton-qa-the-role-of-analytics-in-building-atlanta-united-fc/ Speaking with ESPNFC, Lucy Rushton, Head of Technical Recruitment and Performance Analysis at Atlanta United, discusses using data to build a team from scratch, adjusting to a manger’s philosophy and also compares differences in the USA and UK. www.espnfc.com/blog/espn-fc-united/68/post/3060620/lucy-rushton-q-and-a-the-role-of-analytics-in-the-construction-of-atlanta-united-fc http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lucy-rushton-qa-the-role-of-analytics-in-building-atlanta-united-fc/ Wed, 15 February 2017 09:01:09 Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/art-of-crossing-can-still-count-in-an-age-of-crowded-penalty-areas/ In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing. www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/12/football-crossing-premier-league?CMP=share_btn_tw http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/art-of-crossing-can-still-count-in-an-age-of-crowded-penalty-areas/ Mon, 13 February 2017 09:31:07 Where do Premier League sides attack from? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-do-premier-league-sides-attack-from/ Analysis of attack routes used by Premier League sides this season using Opta data via Michael Cox's excellent Zonal Marking site. By categorising each attack, this blog demonstrates how teams have a different attacking bias www.zonalmarking.net/2012/03/16/premier-league-sides-attack-lopsided-wing-play/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-do-premier-league-sides-attack-from/ Wed, 21 March 2012 15:00:08 How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger bought into analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-arsenal-and-arsène-wenger-bought-into-analytics/ Writing for the New York Times, Rory Smith discusses how data-led analysis was introduced at Arsenal Football Club. www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/sports/soccer/arsenal-arsene-wenger-analytics.html?partner=IFTTT&_r=0 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-arsenal-and-arsène-wenger-bought-into-analytics/ Fri, 03 February 2017 08:52:59 Understanding the rugby analysts http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-the-rugby-analysts/ Planet Rugby speaks with five different analysts from the game - George Murray (Munster), Nathan Swarbrick (Doncaster Knights), Elliot Corcoran (Pau), Niall Malone (Ulster), and Cathal Garvey (Australia) - discussing their roles, challenges and processes within the sport. www.planetrugby.com/news/understanding-the-analysts/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-the-rugby-analysts/ Thu, 26 January 2017 10:47:39 How costly was the woodwork to Liverpool? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-costly-was-the-woodwork-to-liverpool/ Mark Taylor returns with a new angle on how Liverpool's season was affected by the woodwork. rather than simply adding woodwork hits to Liverpool's goals tally, he attempts to establish how they would have affected the overall course of the game. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/how-costly-was-woodwork-to-liverpool.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-costly-was-the-woodwork-to-liverpool/ Fri, 18 May 2012 16:12:51 Is there a hole in Mesut Özil? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-there-a-hole-in-mesut-oezil/ Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke provides an in-depth statistical analysis exploring Mesut Özil’s creativity and underlying performance. statsbomb.com/2017/01/is-there-a-hole-in-mesut-ozil/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-there-a-hole-in-mesut-oezil/ Wed, 18 January 2017 11:15:09 A mathematical approach to evaluating footballers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-mathematical-approach-to-evaluating-footballers/ Martin Eastwood (@penaltyblog) provides a written version of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation from February 2016. pena.lt/y/2016/12/20/opta-pro-forum-2016/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-mathematical-approach-to-evaluating-footballers/ Wed, 21 December 2016 09:18:52 Likelihood and the way humans think http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/likelihood-and-the-way-humans-think/ An archive blog post by Vic Ferrari, ostensibly about the NHL. However, the crux of the article can easily be applied when analysing human performance in any environment. One of the best descriptions of the dilemma facing sports data analysts ever written. vhockey.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/likelihood-and-way-humans-think.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/likelihood-and-the-way-humans-think/ Mon, 28 May 2012 15:00:22 Northants' T20 nous a tribute to Moneyball approach http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/northants-t20-nous-a-tribute-to-moneyball-approach/ ESPNCricinfo provides an in-depth overview of Northants’ statistical approach to approaching T20 cricket in contrast to different forms of the game. www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2017/content/story/1070189.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/northants-t20-nous-a-tribute-to-moneyball-approach/ Tue, 20 December 2016 10:08:20 Double Pivot Podcast http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/double-pivot-podcast/ This episode of Double Pivot (@DoublePivotPod), a podcast hosted by Michael Caley and Mike Goodman, includes an in-depth analysis on quantifying defensive style and performance. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-double-pivot/id1121866859 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/double-pivot-podcast/ Mon, 19 December 2016 09:34:53 Swansea 3 – Arsenal 2: A detailed analysis using Opta data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/swansea-3-–-arsenal-2-a-detailed-analysis-using-opta-data/ Dan Barnett uses Opta data to analyse Swansea's famous victory over Aresenal from last season. www.wearepremierleague.com/2012/06/swansea-3-arsenal-2-detailed-analysis.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/swansea-3-–-arsenal-2-a-detailed-analysis-using-opta-data/ Fri, 01 June 2012 14:46:44 Forget everything you think you know about goal kicks http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/forget-everything-you-think-you-know-about-goal-kicks/ Jared Young, writing for American Soccer Analysis, offers an in-depth analysis of whether long goal kicks are beneficial in Major League Soccer. www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2016/12/7/attention-goalkeepers-stop-kicking-those-long-balls http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/forget-everything-you-think-you-know-about-goal-kicks/ Mon, 12 December 2016 09:45:51 Measuring dribbling skill http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/measuring-dribbling-skill/ Nils Mackay draws on Tom Worville’s OptaPro analysis on ‘Carries’ in this latest article looking at ball progression. mackayanalytics.nl/2016/11/18/measuring-dribbling-skill/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/measuring-dribbling-skill/ Fri, 18 November 2016 17:06:59 Numerology: How advanced stats are changing our game http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/numerology-how-advanced-stats-are-changing-our-game/ An article from MLSsoccer.com, looking at the current state of analytics within football. www.mlssoccer.com/numerology/news/article/2012/06/18/numerology-how-advanced-stats-are-changing-our-game http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/numerology-how-advanced-stats-are-changing-our-game/ Tue, 19 June 2012 12:23:17 Passing and game state http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-and-game-state/ Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward assesses the impact of game state on how a team passes and progresses the ball. statsbomb.com/2016/11/8116/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-and-game-state/ Mon, 14 November 2016 11:15:50 Crosses: Lessons from Liverpool http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/crosses-lessons-from-liverpool/ Garry Gelade provides an in-depth analysis of crossing, focusing on Liverpool’s approach over a four-year period. business-analytic.co.uk/blog/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/crosses-lessons-from-liverpool/ Mon, 24 October 2016 09:52:05 Central Winger: Possession a "lethal weapon" defensively http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-possession-a-lethal-weapon-defensively/ Devin Pleuler, writing for MLSsoccer.com's Central Winger blog, charts how possession reduces goals against. www.mlssoccer.com/numerology/news/article/2012/06/21/central-winger-getting-ball-and-get-defensive http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-possession-a-lethal-weapon-defensively/ Wed, 27 June 2012 12:23:19 Podcast with Rory Campbell http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/podcast-with-rory-campbell/ This Analytics FC podcast features an interview with Rory Campbell, Head of Technical Analysis at West Ham United and an OptaPro Analytics Forum judge. soundcloud.com/analytics-fc-podcast/rory-campbell-season-2-episode-2 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/podcast-with-rory-campbell/ Wed, 05 October 2016 13:56:47 How Arsenal can stop Costa from repeat show http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-arsenal-can-stop-costa-from-repeat-show/ The Premier League have published an article using Opta Data Scientist Tom Worville's 'carries' metric to assess how Arsenal (and every other Premier League team) can combat Diego Costa's attacking prowess. www.premierleague.com/news/106914 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-arsenal-can-stop-costa-from-repeat-show/ Fri, 23 September 2016 17:03:56 OptaPro Forum 2016: Find me a player like Andrés Iniesta, Part 2 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/optapro-forum-2016-find-me-a-player-like-andrés-iniesta,-part-2/ Neil Charles, a presenter at the OptaPro Analytics Forum 2016, provides a write-up of his experience at the event, and explains his poster presentation in detail. www.hilltop-analytics.com/football/opta-conference-2016-find-me-a-player-like-andres-iniesta-part-2/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/optapro-forum-2016-find-me-a-player-like-andrés-iniesta,-part-2/ Fri, 23 September 2016 11:13:11 The Interview Series: Padraig Smith http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-interview-series-padraig-smith/ Burgundy Wave sits down with the Sporting Director of the Colorado Rapids Padraig Smith for a discussion how you build and recruit a team. www.burgundywave.com/2016/9/14/12446164/the-interview-series-padraig-smith http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-interview-series-padraig-smith/ Fri, 16 September 2016 17:07:52 The PFA’s Australian Women’s Olympic football team technical report http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-pfa’s-australian-women’s-olympic-football-team-technical-report/ Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have commissioned a technical report following the Matildas’ campaign at the Women’s Football tournament at Rio 2016. www.pfa.net.au/wp-content/uploads/PFA-2016-Rio-Olympics-Technical-Report.pdf http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-pfa’s-australian-women’s-olympic-football-team-technical-report/ Mon, 12 September 2016 17:12:40 Atlanta United: how to recruit from a standing start http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/atlanta-united-how-to-recruit-from-a-standing-start/ Published on the Leaders in Sport website, Lucy Rushton, Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis at Atlanta United, discusses the processes behind building an MLS roster from scratch. leadersinsport.com/performance/atlanta-united-recruit-standing-start/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/atlanta-united-how-to-recruit-from-a-standing-start/ Mon, 12 September 2016 15:34:02 Red Line Report: Who's trending up and down ahead of the MLS Cup Playoffs? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/red-line-report-whos-trending-up-and-down-ahead-of-the-mls-cup-playoffs/ MLSsoccer.com analyses each MLS team going into the playoffs, visualising the expected goal difference of each side with additional insight from OptaPro’s Tom Worville. www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/08/31/red-line-report-whos-trending-and-down-ahead-mls-cup-playoffs?utm_source=social_share&utm_medium=share_button&utm_campaign=social_share_button http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/red-line-report-whos-trending-up-and-down-ahead-of-the-mls-cup-playoffs/ Thu, 01 September 2016 08:58:18 Bundesliga preview 2016/17 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bundesliga-preview-201617/ In a series of in-depth, analytical articles for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) previews the upcoming 2016/17 Bundesliga season. statsbomb.com/2016/08/7916/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bundesliga-preview-201617/ Mon, 22 August 2016 13:29:56 StatsBomb season previews http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/statsbomb-season-previews/ StatsBomb has produced a host of analytical previews ahead of the start of the 2016/17 season. statsbomb.com/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/statsbomb-season-previews/ Thu, 11 August 2016 09:29:05 Bill Gerrard launches ‘Winning with analytics’ blog http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bill-gerrard-launches-‘winning-with-analytics’-blog/ Experienced practitioner & academic Bill Gerrard has launched a new blog that focuses on the actionable insights of analytics. winningwithanalytics.com/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bill-gerrard-launches-‘winning-with-analytics’-blog/ Mon, 18 July 2016 09:49:32 Vardy, Kane or Sturridge? Profiling England’s striking options http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/vardy,-kane-or-sturridge-profiling-england’s-striking-options/ Neil Charles uses Opta data within his one-page player snapshots to assess England's striking options at Euro 2016. www.hilltop-analytics.com/football/vardy-kane-or-sturridge/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/vardy,-kane-or-sturridge-profiling-england’s-striking-options/ Mon, 20 June 2016 09:36:03 An identikit for shot selection http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-identikit-for-shot-selection/ Garry Gelade develops quantitative descriptions of shooting locations and uses this information to classify and compare different players. business-analytic.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/an-identikit-for-shot-selection/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-identikit-for-shot-selection/ Thu, 02 June 2016 11:16:35 Arguing about Marcus Rashford and young player development http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/arguing-about-marcus-rashford-and-young-player-development/ Writing for StatsBomb, Ted Knutson applies data to analyse player development, focusing on Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford. statsbomb.com/2016/06/arguing-about-marcus-rashford-and-young-player-development/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/arguing-about-marcus-rashford-and-young-player-development/ Wed, 01 June 2016 11:43:10 Meet the woman behind Atlanta United’s data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/meet-the-woman-behind-atlanta-united’s-data/ Doug Roberson, writing for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, introduces Head of Technical Recruitment & Analysis at Atlanta United FC Lucy Rushton. http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/pro-sports/meet-the-woman-behind-atlanta-uniteds-data/nq8ym/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/meet-the-woman-behind-atlanta-united’s-data/ Wed, 18 May 2016 11:34:05 Leicester City FC and data analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leicester-city-fc-and-data-analytics/ Simon Creasey, writing for Computer Weekly, provides a thorough overview of Leicester City’s use of data analytics and sports science. www.computerweekly.com/news/450296302/Foxy-Leicester-City-FC-won-Premiership-with-data-analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leicester-city-fc-and-data-analytics/ Mon, 16 May 2016 16:48:31 Premier League 15/16 round-up: shots, disappointing giants and more http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-1516-round-up-shots,-disappointing-giants-and-more/ After its penultimate weekend, James Yorke provides a data-driven review of the Premier League season for StatsBomb. statsbomb.com/2016/05/premier-league-2015-16-stat-round-up-shots-disappointing-giants-and-more/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-1516-round-up-shots,-disappointing-giants-and-more/ Mon, 09 May 2016 11:08:18 The importance of high-return shots http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-high-return-shots/ Garry Gelade’s latest analytical blog explores the value in making the correct shooting decisions. business-analytic.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/the-importance-of-high-return-shots/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-high-return-shots/ Fri, 29 April 2016 15:57:54 Doing one thing well: standout statistics ahead of the European club semi-finals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/doing-one-thing-well-standout-statistics-ahead-of-the-european-club-semi-finals/ Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayonCouch) explores the standout statistics to analyse teams ahead of this season’s Champions League and Europa League semi-finals. statsbomb.com/2016/04/do-one-thing-well-standout-stats-from-european-semifinalists/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/doing-one-thing-well-standout-statistics-ahead-of-the-european-club-semi-finals/ Tue, 26 April 2016 15:36:15 By the numbers: How the New England Revolution gain an edge together http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/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. www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/04/20/numbers-how-new-england-revolution-gain-edge-together http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/by-the-numbers-how-the-new-england-revolution-gain-an-edge-together/ Tue, 26 April 2016 09:30:14 Learning how to build a successful MLS roster from scratch http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/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. www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/04/19/learning-how-build-successful-mls-roster-scratch http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/learning-how-to-build-a-successful-mls-roster-from-scratch/ Wed, 20 April 2016 10:03:47 Revolutionary statistics in golf http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/revolutionary-statistics-in-golf/ As the Masters approaches, it is worth revisiting some analysis highlighted by ESPN last year in which they introduced a revolutionary new metric for putting effectiveness. This is an excellent demonstration of sports analytics attempting to quantify something traditionally seen as being too difficult to measure due the number of potential variables. It is this type of assumption that OptaPro's team of statisticians are always seeking to challenge. www.espn.go.com/golf/blog/_/name/golf/id/6470292/new-statistic-first-many http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/revolutionary-statistics-in-golf/ Mon, 02 April 2012 15:48:42 The numbers don't lie: why football clubs place such importance on analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-numbers-dont-lie-why-football-clubs-place-such-importance-on-analytics/ Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph writes about the implementation of analytics within professional football, discussing issues with West Ham’s Rory Campbell, technical scout and analyst at the Premier League side. www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/04/16/the-numbers-dont-lie-why-football-clubs-place-such-importance-on/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-numbers-dont-lie-why-football-clubs-place-such-importance-on-analytics/ Mon, 18 April 2016 09:09:16 Explaining and training shot quality http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/explaining-and-training-shot-quality/ Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) discusses shot quality and influencing a player's decision-making in his latest StatsBomb article. statsbomb.com/2016/04/explaining-and-training-shot-quality/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/explaining-and-training-shot-quality/ Wed, 13 April 2016 10:51:57 Thom Lawrence looks at a new Time-To-Shot metric http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/thom-lawrence-looks-at-a-new-time-to-shot-metric/ Thom Lawrence (@deepxg) looks at a new Time-To-Shot metric. www.deepxg.com/2016/04/05/time-to-shot/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/thom-lawrence-looks-at-a-new-time-to-shot-metric/ Tue, 05 April 2016 10:13:22 Lack of finishing touch harming Arsenal's title hopes http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lack-of-finishing-touch-harming-arsenals-title-hopes/ Writing for the official Premier League website, Colin Trainor (@colinttrainor) uses Expected Goals to explain Arsenal's league position at this stage of the season. www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2015-16/apr/010416-colin-trainor-on-arsenal-expected-goals.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lack-of-finishing-touch-harming-arsenals-title-hopes/ Fri, 01 April 2016 16:11:42 Klopp's Liverpool: poised to make the leap http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/klopps-liverpool-poised-to-make-the-leap/ Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) provides an in-depth analysis of Liverpool's performances under Jürgen Klopp. statsbomb.com/2016/04/liverpool/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/klopps-liverpool-poised-to-make-the-leap/ Fri, 01 April 2016 11:20:49 'Have the geeks inherited the turf?' http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/have-the-geeks-inherited-the-turf/ Full panel video from Charles Russell Speechlys and LawInSport's conference 'Gaining the Advantage', exploring converging issues between sport, technology and law. Features Blake Wooster, Chris Anderson and Ted Knutson. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQByF8vpnk http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/have-the-geeks-inherited-the-turf/ Wed, 30 March 2016 16:39:17 Chris Anderson interview: Coventry chief's Championship ambition http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chris-anderson-interview-coventry-chiefs-championship-ambition/ Adam Bate (@ghostgoal) of Sky Sports speaks to Coventry City's Chris Anderson on analytics and the club's plans for the future. www.skysports.com/football/news/11710/10215583/chris-anderson-interview-coventry-chiefs-championship-ambition http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chris-anderson-interview-coventry-chiefs-championship-ambition/ Tue, 29 March 2016 14:43:31 Has Pochettino built a sustainably good Tottenham team? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-pochettino-built-a-sustainably-good-tottenham-team/ StatsBomb editor James Yorke provides an in-depth, data-led analysis of Tottenham Hotspur’s performance this season, as the north London side sit in second position after 29 games. statsbomb.com/2016/03/have-pochettino-and-tottenham-made-the-leap/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-pochettino-built-a-sustainably-good-tottenham-team/ Mon, 07 March 2016 11:54:27 Chelsea v Benfica: Clash of the playmakers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chelsea-v-benfica-clash-of-the-playmakers/ Using the Opta-powered StatsZone app, Zonal Marking's Michael Cox analysed how the stylish midfield playmakers on both sides contributed to the result during Chelsea's victory over Benfica in the Champions League QF second leg. www.zonalmarking.net/2012/04/05/pablo-aimar-nicolas-gaitan-juan-mata-movement-positioning-benfica-chelsea-valencia/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chelsea-v-benfica-clash-of-the-playmakers/ Thu, 05 April 2012 11:46:03 The value of analysing qualitative text-based scouting assessments http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-value-of-analysing-qualitative-text-based-scouting-assessments/ Writing on the Scout7 website, Garry Gelade provides a thorough analysis of text-based scouting reports. info.scout7.com/en/blog/2016/1/29/scouting-for-recruitment/the-value-of-analysing-qualitative-text-based-written-scouting-assessments/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-value-of-analysing-qualitative-text-based-scouting-assessments/ Mon, 01 February 2016 16:19:55 Sports Illustrated Podcast http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/sports-illustrated-podcast/ Daniel Altman (@NYASoccer) contributes to the Sports Illustrated Planet Fútbol podcast, discussing his take on using analytics to evaluate goalkeepers. //www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016/01/21/podcast-transfer-window-daniel-altman-jordan-morris-klinsmann-feilhaber http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/sports-illustrated-podcast/ Fri, 22 January 2016 16:03:46 Why Wales will miss the expertise of their departing analyst http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-wales-will-miss-the-expertise-of-their-departing-analyst/ Alex Bywater (@_AlexBywater) of WalesOnline discusses the importance of outgoing analyst Rhys Long's work with the international rugby union side. www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/warren-gatlands-wales-miss-expertise-10753220#ICID=sharebar_twitter http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-wales-will-miss-the-expertise-of-their-departing-analyst/ Tue, 19 January 2016 14:00:01 Contrasting fortunes of Chelsea and Leicester explained http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/contrasting-fortunes-of-chelsea-and-leicester-explained/ Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) writes for the official Premier League website, applying Opta's expected goals metric to analyse the performances of Chelsea and Leicester over the past 18 months. www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2015-16/jan/100116-opta-blog-expected-goals-chart-chelsea-leicester-fortunes.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/contrasting-fortunes-of-chelsea-and-leicester-explained/ Fri, 15 January 2016 11:06:37 Bundesliga at the break: Bayern and Dortmund http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bundesliga-at-the-break-bayern-and-dortmund/ Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch), writing for StatsBomb provides unique insight into the performances of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season. statsbomb.com/2016/01/the-bundesliga-at-the-break-bayern-and-dortmund/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bundesliga-at-the-break-bayern-and-dortmund/ Wed, 06 January 2016 14:35:18 Premier League half season data review http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-half-season-data-review/ James Yorke, writing for StatsBomb, provides an in-depth review to the first half of the Premier League season. statsbomb.com/2016/01/the-premier-league-half-season-stat-review-2015-16/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-half-season-data-review/ Tue, 05 January 2016 11:02:15 Mesut giveth and Mesut taketh away http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mesut-giveth-and-mesut-taketh-away/ Ahead of Arsenal beating Manchester City in December (2015), Dan Altman (NYASoccer) analytically reviewed Mesut Özil’s assist-filled season. www.northyardanalytics.com/blog/2015/12/18/mesut-giveth-and-mesut-taketh-away/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mesut-giveth-and-mesut-taketh-away/ Tue, 22 December 2015 09:27:27 The big interview: Arsène Wenger http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-big-interview-arsène-wenger/ Arsenal.com speaks with the long-serving manager, discussing how the development of data-led analysis has influenced his role. www.arsenal.com/news/features/20151219/-statistics-can-cheat-you- http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-big-interview-arsène-wenger/ Mon, 21 December 2015 09:44:37 Bespoke data gives Arsène Wenger a tactical edge http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bespoke-data-gives-arsène-wenger-a-tactical-edge/ Writing for The Times, Rory Smith looks at the role of data analysis at Arsenal FC. www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/football/article4638099.ece http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bespoke-data-gives-arsène-wenger-a-tactical-edge/ Mon, 14 December 2015 14:45:47 The post De Bruyne world of Wolfsburg http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-post-de-bruyne-world-of-wolfsburg/ Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) offers an in-depth analysis of Wolfsburg for the StatsBomb website, discussing how they have adapted this season to the sale of Kevin De Bruyne. statsbomb.com/2015/12/the-post-de-bruyne-world-of-wolfsburg/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-post-de-bruyne-world-of-wolfsburg/ Thu, 10 December 2015 10:06:00 MLS/Opta Spotlight http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mlsopta-spotlight/ MLS.com has been at the forefront of utilising Opta data to explain and analyse both team and individual performances this season. This 'Opta Spotlight' article does exactly that - highlighting Sporting KC's consistent pressure on LA Galaxy across the entire pitch. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/04/09/opta-spotlight-numbers-behind-sporting-kcs-pressure http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mlsopta-spotlight/ Wed, 11 April 2012 09:17:47 Valencia vs. Eibar: Pre-match analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/valencia-vs-eibar-pre-match-analysis/ Tom Worville uses Opta data to analyse and assess Eibar, Valencia’s next opponents in La Liga. analyticsfc.co.uk/2015/12/07/valencia-vs-eibar-analysis-for-gary-nevilles-first-la-liga-game/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/valencia-vs-eibar-pre-match-analysis/ Mon, 07 December 2015 16:14:32 Behind Galatasaray's transfer policy http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/behind-galatasarays-transfer-policy/ Copa90 looks at Galatasaray’s approach to recruitment and performance analysis. www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUdPZWEOSoE&feature=youtu.be http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/behind-galatasarays-transfer-policy/ Mon, 07 December 2015 11:13:56 Manchester United: Sleeping in the Theatre of Dreams http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/manchester-united-sleeping-in-the-theatre-of-dreams/ Joel Salamon's latest analytical video looks at Manchester United's approach under Louis van Gaal. statsbomb.com/2015/12/manchester-united-sleeping-in-the-theatre-of-dreams/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/manchester-united-sleeping-in-the-theatre-of-dreams/ Thu, 03 December 2015 18:16:08 The relationship between sport and mathematics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-relationship-between-sport-and-mathematics/ Mehul Kapadia (@mehulkapadia), managing director of F1 Business, Tata Communications, discusses the relationship between Formula 1 and mathematics in an article for Sport Industry Group. www.sportindustry.biz/cutting-edge-sport/article/how-mathematics-took-over-sports http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-relationship-between-sport-and-mathematics/ Wed, 02 December 2015 15:16:06 Pass me the ball! Serie A striker involvement http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pass-me-the-ball!-serie-a-striker-involvement/ Flavio Fusi makes his StatsBomb debut, analysing the involvement and contributions of Serie A centre forwards in 2015/16. statsbomb.com/2015/11/flavio/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pass-me-the-ball!-serie-a-striker-involvement/ Mon, 23 November 2015 10:43:47 Chelsea and Manchester City: Inequality in attack http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chelsea-and-manchester-city-inequality-in-attack/ Sam Gregory applies a Gini Coefficient to analyse the influence and contributions of attacking players at the Premier League's top two sides from the 2014/15 season. analyticsfc.co.uk/2015/11/13/chelsea-and-manchester-city-inequality-in-attack/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chelsea-and-manchester-city-inequality-in-attack/ Mon, 16 November 2015 09:49:39 12 game Premier League review http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/12-game-premier-league-review/ James Yorke analytically dissects performances after 12 rounds of Premier League fixtures, drawing on previous Premier League campaigns at the 12-game stage. statsbomb.com/2015/11/twelve-game-premier-league-2015-16-team-stat-review/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/12-game-premier-league-review/ Mon, 09 November 2015 11:53:48 Chewing on the Champions League http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chewing-on-the-champions-league/ Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) analyses deep completions and passing patterns in this season’s Champions League. statsbomb.com/2015/11/chewing-on-the-champions-league-breaking-down-the-first-3-games/#prettyPhoto http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/chewing-on-the-champions-league/ Tue, 03 November 2015 10:21:09 A statistical analysis of Europe's full-backs http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-analysis-of-europes-full-backs/ In the past, a full-back’s traditional role was to defend from wide positions, track opposition wingers and prevent crosses coming into the box. However over recent years the role has evolved to be almost more an attacking position than a defensive one. Using Opta data, Amit Singh looks at the attacking evolution of the modern-day full-back. www.just-football.com/2012/04/lahm-dani-alves-marcelo-attacking-full-backs-analysis/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-analysis-of-europes-full-backs/ Tue, 17 April 2012 12:30:54 Analytics FC: Michael Caley and Expected Goals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-fc-michael-caley-and-expected-goals/ Michael Caley joins Tom Worville and Sam Gregory on the Analytics FC podcast for an in-depth discussion on Expected Goals. soundcloud.com/analytics-fc-podcast/episode-15-michael-caley http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-fc-michael-caley-and-expected-goals/ Tue, 27 October 2015 11:13:48 The frustrating promise of analytics: Football has a left-handed-pitcher problem http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-frustrating-promise-of-analytics-football-has-a-left-handed-pitcher-problem/ Mike Goodman, writing for Grantland, uses a baseball pitching analogy to provide an excellent overview of data analysis and its applications within football. grantland.com/the-triangle/soccer-state-of-analytics-left-handed-pitcher-problem-atletico-madrid-diego-simeone/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-frustrating-promise-of-analytics-football-has-a-left-handed-pitcher-problem/ Thu, 22 October 2015 11:18:32 Richard Whittall examines the current state of football analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/richard-whittall-examines-the-current-state-of-football-analytics/ Richard Whittall examines the current state of football analytics. Following Damian Comolli's departure from Liverpool, many media sources were quick to paint football's 'Moneyball' moment as dead. Richard Whittall examines this claim. blogs.thescore.com/footyblog/2012/05/01/introducing-the-state-of-soccer-analytics/#more-26239 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/richard-whittall-examines-the-current-state-of-football-analytics/ Wed, 02 May 2012 09:51:59 Premier League Projections and New Expected Goals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-projections-and-new-expected-goals/ Michael Caley provides a detailed discussion of his Opta-powered Expected Goals method. cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2015/10/19/9295905/premier-league-projections-and-new-expected-goals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-projections-and-new-expected-goals/ Tue, 20 October 2015 13:41:05 Brentford owner Matthew Benham says he hates the term Moneyball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/brentford-owner-matthew-benham-says-he-hates-the-term-moneyball/ The Brentford owner speaks about the misunderstanding around statistical analysis in football. www.theguardian.com/football/2015/oct/15/brentford-owner-matthew-benham-hates-moneyball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/brentford-owner-matthew-benham-says-he-hates-the-term-moneyball/ Fri, 16 October 2015 11:05:49 Reading, Middlesbrough and early Championship stories http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/reading,-middlesbrough-and-early-championship-stories/ Writing for Statsbomb, Ben Torvaney analytically discusses performances across the Championship this season, focusing on Reading and Middlesbrough. statsbomb.com/2015/10/reading-middlesbrough-and-more-early-championship-stat-stories/#prettyPhoto http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/reading,-middlesbrough-and-early-championship-stories/ Mon, 12 October 2015 15:38:24 What can Tracab data provide analysts? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-can-tracab-data-provide-analysts/ Brian Prestidge combines Opta data with ChyronHego tracking data in these analytical visualisations. public.tableau.com/profile/brian.prestidge#!/vizhome/WhatCanTracabDataProvideAnalysts/Tracab http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-can-tracab-data-provide-analysts/ Fri, 09 October 2015 14:41:30 Number crunching: why analytics still adds up at Brentford http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/number-crunching-why-analytics-still-adds-up-at-brentford/ Writing for the Guardian, Sean Ingle explores the place of analytics in professional football. www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/oct/04/number-crunching-analytics-brentford-football?CMP=share_btn_tw http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/number-crunching-why-analytics-still-adds-up-at-brentford/ Mon, 05 October 2015 10:25:17 4th Test Ashes analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/4th-test-ashes-analysis/ Nathan Leamon, performance analyst with the England cricket team, provides an in-depth analysis of the first innings of the 4th Test, focusing on conditions, bowling patterns, shot selections and catching metrics. cricviz.com/2015/09/4th-ashes-test-analysis/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/4th-test-ashes-analysis/ Thu, 24 September 2015 13:29:13 Joining teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona doesn’t guarantee individual success http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/joining-teams-like-real-madrid-and-barcelona-doesn’t-guarantee-individual-success/ Writing for The Washington Post, Michael Caley uses expected goals to analyse whether playing for an elite side can improve a player’s performance. www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/09/03/joining-a-superteam-like-real-madrid-and-barcelona-doesnt-guarantee-individual-success/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/joining-teams-like-real-madrid-and-barcelona-doesn’t-guarantee-individual-success/ Fri, 04 September 2015 16:01:05 Leicester City’s bargain hunters http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leicester-city’s-bargain-hunters/ The Daily Mail provides an overview of the processes used by Leicester City’s recruitment department. www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3220155/Jamie-Vardy-Riyad-Mahrez-Shinji-Okazaki-Leicester-City-Premier-League-s-BARGAIN-HUNTERS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leicester-city’s-bargain-hunters/ Thu, 03 September 2015 14:56:04 Valuing possession http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/valuing-possession/ Will Gurpinar-Morgan offers an in-depth analysis to assess possession and dangerous passing in the Premier League. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/valuing-possession/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/valuing-possession/ Wed, 26 August 2015 11:35:31 From Microsoft to MLS http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/from-microsoft-to-mls/ GeekWire interviews Ravi Ramineni, sports scientist and performance analyst at Seattle Sounders, discussing his role at the MLS club. www.geekwire.com/2015/from-microsoft-to-the-mls-ravi-ramineni-crunches-data-to-help-the-sounders-win/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/from-microsoft-to-mls/ Fri, 21 August 2015 09:12:37 Find me a player like Andrés Iniesta http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/find-me-a-player-like-andrés-iniesta/ Neil Charles applies clustering techniques to recruitment and player comparisons in this interactive article. www.hilltop-analytics.com/football/find-me-a-player-like-andres-iniesta/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/find-me-a-player-like-andrés-iniesta/ Tue, 18 August 2015 08:16:14 Hockey analytics needs more theory, not just more data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/hockey-analytics-needs-more-theory,-not-just-more-data/ With applications across all sports, @Draglikepull explores subjectivity and how teams are working with data in an article on SB Nation. www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2015/8/12/9129229/why-hockey-analytics-need-more-theory-not-just-more-data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/hockey-analytics-needs-more-theory,-not-just-more-data/ Thu, 13 August 2015 14:58:15 Seattle Sounders implementing analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/seattle-sounders-implementing-analytics/ The Seattle Times explores how MLS side Seattle Sounders are embedding data-led analysis into their day-to-day operations. www.seattletimes.com/sports/sounders/sounders-among-pioneers-in-mls-with-analytics-training/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/seattle-sounders-implementing-analytics/ Wed, 05 August 2015 14:29:44 Season previews http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/season-previews/ In early August StatsBomb produced a range of analytical previews ahead of the start of many European seasons. statsbomb.com/2015/08/the-stats-bomb-previews-2015-16-and-a-summers-work/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/season-previews/ Tue, 04 August 2015 15:57:43 How much can England rely on Rio Ferdinand or John Terry? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-much-can-england-rely-on-rio-ferdinand-or-john-terry/ Liam Ferry, from the fantastic 'On Goals Scored' blog, uses Opta data to create a revealing infographic. This type of data visualisation is an effective way of succinctly and efficiently demonstrating the data's key message. ongoalsscored.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/how-much-can-england-rely-on-rio-ferdinand-and-john-terry/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-much-can-england-rely-on-rio-ferdinand-or-john-terry/ Wed, 09 May 2012 09:56:12 Match analysis: Chelsea 1 - 0 Barcelona http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/match-analysis-chelsea-1-0-barcelona/ ZonalMarking.net's Michael Cox analyses Chelsea's surprise victory over a dominant Barcelona team using the Opta-powered StatsZone app. www.zonalmarking.net/2012/04/19/chelsea-1-0-barcelona-drogba-tactics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/match-analysis-chelsea-1-0-barcelona/ Thu, 19 April 2012 10:18:08 Expected goals in the Premier League 2014/15 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/expected-goals-in-the-premier-league-201415/ Brian Prestidge uses Tableau to visualise actual goals and expected goals in last season’s Premier League. public.tableau.com/profile/publish/EPL14-15ExpectedGoals/ExpectedGoals#!/publish-confirm http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/expected-goals-in-the-premier-league-201415/ Wed, 29 July 2015 09:28:16 How has T20 cricket affected run rates in Test cricket? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-has-t20-cricket-affected-run-rates-in-test-cricket/ Luke Stoughton uses Tableau to investigate whether T20 cricket has affected run rates in Test cricket. public.tableau.com/profile/luke.stoughton8750#!/vizhome/InternationalRunRates/RunRateStory http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-has-t20-cricket-affected-run-rates-in-test-cricket/ Wed, 22 July 2015 09:53:47 Has fourth-innings batting become easier? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-fourth-innings-batting-become-easier/ Writing for ESPN Cricket, S Rajesh analyses run-scoring and chasing big targets in the final innings of Test matches. www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/896295.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-fourth-innings-batting-become-easier/ Thu, 16 July 2015 09:32:17 Converting dangerous passes into shots http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/converting-dangerous-passes-into-shots/ Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) analyses how frequently teams generate shots from passes into dangerous areas. statsbomb.com/2015/07/converting-dangerous-passing-into-shots/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/converting-dangerous-passes-into-shots/ Fri, 10 July 2015 09:47:03 Expected goals and evaluating performance http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/expected-goals-and-evaluating-performance/ The New York Times speaks with OptaPro advanced analyst Johannes Harkins about expected goals and their application in the Women’s World Cup. www.nytimes.com/2015/07/04/sports/soccer/advanced-soccer-statistic-shows-better-team-doesnt-always-win.html?_r=0 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/expected-goals-and-evaluating-performance/ Mon, 06 July 2015 09:12:11 Better to be direct or retain possession in the Championship? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/better-to-be-direct-or-retain-possession-in-the-championship/ Dave Willoughby statistically compares passing styles in the Premier League and Championship. allthingsfootballonline.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/is-it-better-to-be-direct-or-retain.html?spref=tw http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/better-to-be-direct-or-retain-possession-in-the-championship/ Fri, 19 June 2015 16:32:59 USWNT's "Abby-dependence" at Women's World Cup http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/uswnts-abby-dependence-at-womens-world-cup/ Writing for MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler’s follow-up article on the Women’s World Cup explores how the USWNT performed in Abby Wambach’s absence. www.mlssoccer.com/womensworldcup/2015/news/article/2015/06/16/central-winger-examining-uswnts-abby-dependence-womens-world-cup http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/uswnts-abby-dependence-at-womens-world-cup/ Tue, 16 June 2015 17:33:59 Uncertain expectations http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/uncertain-expectations/ The second instalment of this two-part piece, Will Gurpinar-Morgan outlines, discusses and evaluates his expected goals model. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/uncertain-expectations/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/uncertain-expectations/ Wed, 03 June 2015 15:40:06 Interview with Brentford FC’s co-directors of football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-brentford-fc’s-co-directors-of-football/ FILM: Brentford FC co-directors of football Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen give an interview on their roles and long-term planning at the Championship club. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwqZiyZYB00 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-brentford-fc’s-co-directors-of-football/ Fri, 29 May 2015 12:17:51 Barcelona, Arsenal, Eden Hazard and the art of danger zone passing http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/barcelona,-arsenal,-eden-hazard-and-the-art-of-danger-zone-passing/ Writing for ESPN FC, Michael Caley uses Opta data to analyse the effectiveness of danger zone passes. www.espnfc.com/blog/tactics-and-analysis/67/post/2427824/barcelona-arsenal-attacks-excel-due-to-danger-zone-passing http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/barcelona,-arsenal,-eden-hazard-and-the-art-of-danger-zone-passing/ Tue, 19 May 2015 11:18:39 Gladbach: luck or a blind spot in expected goals? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/gladbach-luck-or-a-blind-spot-in-expected-goals/ ‘Saturdays on the Couch’ (@SaturdayOnCouch) uses the Expected Goals metric to analyse the performances of Borussia Monchengladbach over the past three seasons. saturdaysoncouch.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/gladbach-exposing-expg-models-or-luckiest-team-in-europe/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/gladbach-luck-or-a-blind-spot-in-expected-goals/ Tue, 19 May 2015 09:32:09 Talent spotting: Rajesthan Royals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/talent-spotting-rajesthan-royals/ Leaders speaks with Monty Desai, coach and talent scout of Indian cricket’s Rajasthan Royals, discussing the franchise's approach to analysis and recruitment. www.leadersinsport.com/insight/performance/280/monty-desai-rajasthan-royals/?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=performance%20newsletter%20emails http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/talent-spotting-rajesthan-royals/ Fri, 15 May 2015 15:22:04 Premier League weekly round-up http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-weekly-round-up/ James Yorke’s latest weekly Premier League round-up for StatsBomb focuses on Tottenham Hotspur along with relegation battlers Sunderland and Hull City. statsbomb.com/2015/05/holes-in-tottenham-bloody-hull-and-dont-fear-the-numbers/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-weekly-round-up/ Mon, 11 May 2015 12:45:25 When to park the bus in MLS http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/when-to-park-the-bus-in-mls/ Building on Garry Gelade’s ‘Goals change games’ work, Kevin Minkus analyses approaches to shooting and if there is a right time for a team to maintain a lead by ‘parking the bus’. www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2015/5/4/pupu4jf5z1z8s7n2yghubz8fxjtn9p http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/when-to-park-the-bus-in-mls/ Thu, 07 May 2015 10:37:13 A conversation with the Philadelphia Union analysis staff http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-conversation-with-the-philadelphia-union-analysis-staff/ The Brotherly Game interviews BJ Callaghan and Garrison Draper of Philadelphia Union about the club’s use of data-led analysis. www.brotherlygame.com/2015/4/29/8506851/philadelphia-union-analysis-staff-interview http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-conversation-with-the-philadelphia-union-analysis-staff/ Wed, 29 April 2015 17:18:28 Premier League pass masters http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-pass-masters/ Will Gurpinar-Morgan devises a metric to help identify the Premier League’s most dangerous passers. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/premier-league-pass-masters/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-pass-masters/ Tue, 28 April 2015 10:00:41 A Statistical Look At England’s Best Striking Options http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-look-at-england’s-best-striking-options/ Steven Yates from Thinkfootball.co.uk analyses England's striking options ahead of the Euro2012 squad announcement. thinkfootball.co.uk/a-statistical-look-at-englands-best-striking-options/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-look-at-england’s-best-striking-options/ Wed, 16 May 2012 10:42:12 Can analytics help a league’s bottom team avoid relegation? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/can-analytics-help-a-league’s-bottom-team-avoid-relegation/ Writing for 21st Club, Richard Whittall explores how club analysts can effectively contribute to on-field performances. www.21stclub.com/blog/2015/4/22/can-analytics-help-a-last-placed-team-avoid-relegation http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/can-analytics-help-a-league’s-bottom-team-avoid-relegation/ Wed, 22 April 2015 16:16:34 Premier League. Should he stay or should he go? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-should-he-stay-or-should-he-go/ Paul Riley (@footballfactman) uses Expected Goals as a framework to analyse the influence and impact of Premier League managers. differentgame.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/the-premier-league-should-he-stay-or-should-he-go/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-should-he-stay-or-should-he-go/ Fri, 17 April 2015 11:15:31 Is Michael Carrick England’s Pirlo? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-michael-carrick-england’s-pirlo/ Neil Charles applies his newly designed player profiles to compare Michael Carrick with Andrea Pirlo. www.hilltop-analytics.com/football/is-michael-carrick-englands-pirlo/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-michael-carrick-england’s-pirlo/ Tue, 14 April 2015 11:46:34 Scoring the proactivity of MLS teams http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/scoring-the-proactivity-of-mls-teams/ Jared Young analyses MLS teams’ styles of play, exploring the influence of proactive and reactive approaches. www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2015/4/2/scoring-the-proactivity-of-mls-teams http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/scoring-the-proactivity-of-mls-teams/ Tue, 07 April 2015 11:17:44 Messi and Ronaldo: Expected Points Added http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/messi-and-ronaldo-expected-points-added/ The Economist analyses Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal weighting over the previous two seasons. www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2015/03/statistical-analysis-football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/messi-and-ronaldo-expected-points-added/ Wed, 01 April 2015 11:09:33 Game state and shooting rates http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/game-state-and-shooting-rates/ Garry Gelade develops his OptaPro Analytics Forum research with further analysis on game state and shooting rates, this time exploring the additional influence of time. business-analytic.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/a-bit-more-on-game-state/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/game-state-and-shooting-rates/ Thu, 26 March 2015 12:22:12 How the film industry is embracing analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-film-industry-is-embracing-analytics/ Sezin Aksoy, senior director on the applied analytics team at Legendary Entertainment, delivers a speech on how the leading media company is embracing analytics. channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/presentations/how-the-movie-industry-is-embracing-data-analytics?utm_content=bufferbea25&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-film-industry-is-embracing-analytics/ Tue, 24 March 2015 10:24:36 The run-in: Eight teams, eight games http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-run-in-eight-teams,-eight-games/ With 38 games played in the tightly contested Championship, Owain Thomas analyses the upcoming fixtures and performances of those in contention for promotion to the Premier League. theonlystat.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/championship-week-38-run-in-eight-teams.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-run-in-eight-teams,-eight-games/ Fri, 20 March 2015 16:22:31 My data analysis toolkit http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/my-data-analysis-toolkit/ Data analyst Neil Charles answers a host of questions about his preferred analytical software. www.wallpaperingfog.co.uk/2015/03/my-data-analysis-toolkit.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WallpaperingFog+%28Wallpapering+Fog%29 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/my-data-analysis-toolkit/ Wed, 11 March 2015 13:02:07 Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool-201415-zeros-to-heroes/ Writing for The Tomkins Times, Dan Kennett takes an analytical approach to explain Liverpool’s recent Premier League form. tomkinstimes.com/2015/03/liverpool-201415-zeros-to-heroes/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool-201415-zeros-to-heroes/ Thu, 05 March 2015 15:48:49 Sloan Analytics Conference shows influence of statistics on US sport http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/sloan-analytics-conference-shows-influence-of-statistics-on-us-sport/ Having attended the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last month, Andy McGeady reviews the event for The Irish Times. www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/sloan-sports-analytics-conference-shows-influence-of-statistics-on-us-sport-1.2124877 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/sloan-analytics-conference-shows-influence-of-statistics-on-us-sport/ Wed, 04 March 2015 11:35:08 Cricket’s great data debate: art v science http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cricket’s-great-data-debate-art-v-science/ Taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email, Andy Bull discusses England’s use of analytics and its influence on performance. www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/03/the-spin-cricket-data-analysis-art-science?CMP=share_btn_tw http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cricket’s-great-data-debate-art-v-science/ Tue, 03 March 2015 16:26:21 Football League update: graphics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-league-update-graphics/ Ben Mayhew provides a February update to his attacking and defensive effectiveness graphics of all Football League sides. experimental361.com/2015/02/22/championship-update-21st-february-2015/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-league-update-graphics/ Thu, 26 February 2015 15:39:18 Premier League round up: Pulis, Pardew and Southampton’s frustrations http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-round-up-pulis,-pardew-and-southampton’s-frustrations/ In his weekly feature for StatsBomb, James Yorke analyses the latest round of Premier League fixtures. statsbomb.com/2015/02/premier-league-round-up-pulis-pardew-and-southamptons-frustrations/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-round-up-pulis,-pardew-and-southampton’s-frustrations/ Mon, 23 February 2015 13:56:36 CIES monthly report: tomorrow’s stars http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-monthly-report-tomorrow’s-stars/ The CIES Football Observatory’s second monthly report focuses on talent scouting and experience capital, identifying some of Europe’s most promising young players. www.football-observatory.com/New-Monthly-Report-published-tomorrow-s-stars http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-monthly-report-tomorrow’s-stars/ Wed, 18 February 2015 10:06:02 Five into two doesn't go http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/five-into-two-doesnt-go/ The latest Anfield Index Analytics podcast discusses the race for the top four positions before reviewing the 2015 OptaPro Analytics Forum. s57.podbean.com/pb/d31dd29496fc7471f992ea197354d155/54e1ceff/data1/blogs60/645650/uploads/AIA9.mp3 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/five-into-two-doesnt-go/ Mon, 16 February 2015 13:53:07 Rugby Union analytics – five ways data is changing the sport http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-union-analytics-–-five-ways-data-is-changing-the-sport/ In an article for the Guardian, Saracens technical analyst Bill Gerrard explains how the Premiership side benefit from data-led analysis. www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/09/rugby-union-analytics-five-ways-data-is-changing-the-sport http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-union-analytics-–-five-ways-data-is-changing-the-sport/ Tue, 10 February 2015 13:03:37 Football analyst network visualisation: new and improved http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-analyst-network-visualisation-new-and-improved/ Neil Charles (@data_monkey) shares an updated visualisation of the football analytics community on Twitter. www.wallpaperingfog.co.uk/2015/01/football-analyst-network-vis-new-and.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-analyst-network-visualisation-new-and-improved/ Thu, 29 January 2015 17:13:40 Manchester United: A fading star? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/manchester-united-a-fading-star/ James Grayson analyses Manchester United's overall performance since 2000 using a Total Shot Ratio metric, and discusses whether they can be seen to be in decline. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/manchester-united-a-fading-star/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/manchester-united-a-fading-star/ Fri, 25 May 2012 15:05:08 Data-led team building: increasing the odds of success http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-led-team-building-increasing-the-odds-of-success/ Featured in the Guardian, OptaPro’s Angus McNab contributes to the discussion around data’s influence on squad selection ahead of the 6 Nations. www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/28/data-led-team-building-increasing-the-odds-of-success http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-led-team-building-increasing-the-odds-of-success/ Thu, 29 January 2015 11:43:53 Territorial advantage? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/territorial-advantage/ Ahead of presenting at the OptaPro Analytics Forum in February, Will Gurpinar-Morgan’s latest article focuses on the balance between controlling space and possession. www.2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/territorial-advantage/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/territorial-advantage/ Mon, 26 January 2015 13:25:34 What position is Sebastian Giovinco best suited for as he makes his move from Juventus to Toronto FC? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-position-is-sebastian-giovinco-best-suited-for-as-he-makes-his-move-from-juventus-to-toronto-fc/ MLSsoccer.com takes a closer look at new Toronto FC signing Sebastian Giovinco, who is set to join the club this summer after his contract with Juventus expires. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/01/22/what-position-sebastian-giovinco-best-suited-he-makes-his-move-juventus-toro http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-position-is-sebastian-giovinco-best-suited-for-as-he-makes-his-move-from-juventus-to-toronto-fc/ Fri, 23 January 2015 12:42:12 Analytics changing way we interact with football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-changing-way-we-interact-with-football/ Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used? www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-changing-way-we-interact-with-football/ Tue, 13 January 2015 15:57:15 Tim Howard and Everton’s defence http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/tim-howard-and-everton’s-defence/ Mike Goodman explores Tim Howard and Everton’s defence in this article, supported with data from Paul Riley. www.grantland.com/the-triangle/tim-howard-usmnt-everton-roberto-martinez/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/tim-howard-and-everton’s-defence/ Thu, 08 January 2015 14:39:42 Premier League race could tip in City’s favour http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-race-could-tip-in-city’s-favour/ Sam Gregory, writing for Sportsnet, explores what may separate Chelsea and Manchester City in May as the two sides compete for the Premier League title. www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/barclays-premier-league-chelsea-manchester-city-sergio-aguero-diego-costa-cesc-fabregas/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-race-could-tip-in-city’s-favour/ Wed, 07 January 2015 15:49:50 Borussia Dortmund – What’s gone wrong? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/borussia-dortmund-–-what’s-gone-wrong/ Writing for StatsBomb, Colin Trainor takes an analytical look at the first half of Borussia Dortmund’s season. www.statsbomb.com/2014/12/borussia-dortmund-whats-gone-wrong/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/borussia-dortmund-–-what’s-gone-wrong/ Mon, 29 December 2014 11:11:47 Shot quality, shot quantity and tactics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-quality,-shot-quantity-and-tactics/ Daniel Altman, founder of North Yard Analytics, tests some assumptions as he analyses tactics behind approaches to shooting. www.northyardanalytics.com/blog/2014/12/22/shot-quality-shot-quantity-and-tactics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-quality,-shot-quantity-and-tactics/ Tue, 23 December 2014 12:31:28 The Bundesliga is the most exciting league in the world http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-bundesliga-is-the-most-exciting-league-in-the-world/ In an article for SB Nation, Michael Caley uses Opta data to explore what makes Bundesliga matches so exciting. www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/12/17/7408205/bundesliga-exciting-attacking-football-league http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-bundesliga-is-the-most-exciting-league-in-the-world/ Thu, 18 December 2014 10:54:57 CIES Football Observatory launches Digital Atlas on European Football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-football-observatory-launches-digital-atlas-on-european-football/ A new guide to help understand trends and the current state of clubs and leagues, this comparative tool from CIES Football Observatory allows for analysis across 31 European countries. www.football-observatory.com/Digital-Atlas http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cies-football-observatory-launches-digital-atlas-on-european-football/ Tue, 16 December 2014 12:36:07 How Kolkata used new thinking to win IPL 5 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-kolkata-used-new-thinking-to-win-ipl-5/ An article from the Indian Economic Times, looking at how KKR revolutionised their IPL franchise from top to bottom. articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-05-18/news/31765468_1_kkr-kolkata-knight-riders-venky-mysore http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-kolkata-used-new-thinking-to-win-ipl-5/ Tue, 29 May 2012 14:00:44 Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea: Zonalmarking.net's analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/barcelona-2-2-chelsea-zonalmarkingnets-analysis/ Zonal Marking's Michael Cox analyses an incredible night at the Nou Camp using StatsZone. www.zonalmarking.net/2012/04/25/barcelona-2-2-chelsea-tactics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/barcelona-2-2-chelsea-zonalmarkingnets-analysis/ Wed, 25 April 2012 10:05:43 Data the big game changer: Anil Kumble http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-the-big-game-changer-anil-kumble/ Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble writes for Mint, discussing the potential for sport and business to learn from each other in data management and its application. www.livemint.com/Opinion/vMTaoYK7kOnayjVHLz0qrL/Data-the-big-game-changer-Anil-Kumble.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-the-big-game-changer-anil-kumble/ Thu, 11 December 2014 12:21:44 Will academia one day rule the roost in football analytics? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/will-academia-one-day-rule-the-roost-in-football-analytics/ In his latest article for 21st Club, Richard Whittall discusses the relationship between the academic and online community as well as exploring the future of analytics and its place in football. www.21stclub.com/blog/2014/12/10/will-academia-one-day-rule-the-roost-in-football-analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/will-academia-one-day-rule-the-roost-in-football-analytics/ Wed, 10 December 2014 14:39:50 Proactive and reactive approaches in MLS http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/proactive-and-reactive-approaches-in-mls/ Jared Young takes a closer look at playing styles in Major League Soccer, exploring a ‘possession’ or ‘position’ emphasis. www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2014/12/2/how-proactive-is-your-favorite-mls-team http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/proactive-and-reactive-approaches-in-mls/ Fri, 05 December 2014 09:40:52 Shot Quality and the Championship http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-quality-and-the-championship/ An article on 'Stats and Snakeoil' looking at how teams in the Championship are affected by the quality and number of the shots they take. statsandsnakeoil.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/shot-quality-and-the-championship/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-quality-and-the-championship/ Wed, 03 December 2014 10:41:00 Is sizzling Southampton’s start to the season sustainable? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-sizzling-southampton’s-start-to-the-season-sustainable/ In a piece for StatsBomb, James Yorke takes Southampton’s excellent start to the season and explores whether it will continue. www.statsbomb.com/2014/11/is-sizzling-southamptons-start-to-the-season-sustainable/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-sizzling-southampton’s-start-to-the-season-sustainable/ Thu, 27 November 2014 12:43:42 The importance of checking the tape http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-checking-the-tape/ Writing for 21st Club, Richard Whittall’s article discusses luck and finishing in football. www.21stclub.com/blog/2014/11/25/the-importance-of-checking-the-tape http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-checking-the-tape/ Wed, 26 November 2014 13:17:31 Trio of assist kings have great expectations http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/trio-of-assist-kings-have-great-expectations/ Detailed Opta data shows Fabregas, Di Maria and Tadic merit the most assists of all Premier League players. www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2014-15/nov/201114-opta-blog-on-expected-assists.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/trio-of-assist-kings-have-great-expectations/ Mon, 24 November 2014 14:51:23 Goals that matter http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goals-that-matter/ Michael Caley explains Arsenal’s recent form with an emphasis on goal expectancy and game state. www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2014/11/12/arsenal-is-on-the-upswing-despite-not-playing-well-in-the-clutch/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goals-that-matter/ Thu, 13 November 2014 10:45:51 Maximising dead-ball situations http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/maximising-dead-ball-situations/ Sean Ingle discusses the importance of set pieces in his latest column for the Guardian. www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/nov/09/real-atletico-madrid-set-pieces-steve-bould http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/maximising-dead-ball-situations/ Mon, 10 November 2014 14:12:56 Creating from corners http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/creating-from-corners/ Andrew Beasley analyses Liverpool’s approach to corners in his latest blog post. www.basstunedtored.com/2014/10/30/creating-from-corners/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/creating-from-corners/ Fri, 31 October 2014 10:22:21 Defensive Distance Profiles http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-distance-profiles/ Garry Gelade explores how spatial location of defensive activity correlates with opponents' chances of scoring. www.business-analytic.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/defensive-distance-profiles/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-distance-profiles/ Tue, 28 October 2014 13:53:09 Network Analysis at the 2014 Hockey World Cup http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/network-analysis-at-the-2014-hockey-world-cup/ Sofwan Naim takes a Social Network Analysis (SNA) approach to understanding Australia's passing patterns at the 2014 Hockey World Cup. www.sofwannaim.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/network-analysis-field-hockey-world-cup-2014/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/network-analysis-at-the-2014-hockey-world-cup/ Mon, 27 October 2014 13:36:48 Interview with LFC’s Head of Opposition Analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-lfc’s-head-of-opposition-analysis/ Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov interview Liverpool FC Head of Opposition Analysis, Chris Davies, for The Tomkins Times. www.tomkinstimes.com/2014/09/interview-with-lfcs-head-of-opposition-analysis/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-lfc’s-head-of-opposition-analysis/ Fri, 24 October 2014 11:49:31 Goalkeepers: How repeatable are shot saving performances? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goalkeepers-how-repeatable-are-shot-saving-performances/ Colin Trainor analyses goalkeeper performance and the significance of 'repeatability' in evaluation. www.statsbomb.com/2014/10/goalkeepers-how-repeatable-are-shot-saving-performances/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goalkeepers-how-repeatable-are-shot-saving-performances/ Tue, 21 October 2014 11:03:19 Consistency the key for last season's pass master Ozil http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/consistency-the-key-for-last-seasons-pass-master-ozil/ Detailed Opta stats show Arsenal playmaker the most productive passer in the 2013/14 campaign www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2014-15/oct/opta-blog-on-true-pass-masters.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/consistency-the-key-for-last-seasons-pass-master-ozil/ Tue, 07 October 2014 17:35:03 Attacking Contribution Metric and Man United's Reliance on Di Maria http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/attacking-contribution-metric-and-man-uniteds-reliance-on-di-maria/ Colin Trainor creates a metric to look at the contribution of players to their teams' attacking play and looks at the players who contribute most. statsbomb.com/2014/10/attacking-contribution-metric-and-man-uniteds-reliance-on-di-maria/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/attacking-contribution-metric-and-man-uniteds-reliance-on-di-maria/ Tue, 07 October 2014 11:57:00 Interview with Prof. Stefan Szymanski, author of Soccernomics (Audio) http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-prof-stefan-szymanski,-author-of-soccernomics-(audio)/ Ravi Rameni from Onfooty.com interviews Prof. Stefan Szymanski, Professor of Kinesiology at School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics/Why England Lose. They discuss the role of analytics within football as well as the updated version of the book. onfooty.com/2012/06/interview-with-prof-stefan-szymanski-author-of-soccernomics.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-prof-stefan-szymanski,-author-of-soccernomics-(audio)/ Mon, 18 June 2012 13:50:04 Player Focus: Carlos Tevez http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/player-focus-carlos-tevez/ Ahead of Monday's title decider, WhoScored.com uses Opta data to analyse Tevez's influence on City's challenge since his return from the golf courses of Argentina. www.whoscored.com/Blog/74yntjujteq3dm9rli9kuw/Show/Player-Focus-Carlos-Tevez-(Manchester-City) http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/player-focus-carlos-tevez/ Fri, 27 April 2012 11:10:41 The value of the high press in soccer http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-value-of-the-high-press-in-soccer/ Michael Caley shares his views on the adoption of a high press in football for an article in The Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2014/10/02/the-value-of-the-high-press-in-soccer/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-value-of-the-high-press-in-soccer/ Thu, 02 October 2014 15:37:55 Why perfect shouldn't be the enemy of the good in player recruitment http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-perfect-shouldnt-be-the-enemy-of-the-good-in-player-recruitment/ A piece by Richard Whittall looking at how the player recruitment strategies of clubs can be improved with the use of data. www.21stclub.com/blog/2014/9/30/why-perfect-shouldnt-be-the-enemy-of-the-good-in-player-recruitment http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-perfect-shouldnt-be-the-enemy-of-the-good-in-player-recruitment/ Tue, 30 September 2014 12:41:09 Marseille: The Bielsa Press Quantified http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/marseille-the-bielsa-press-quantified/ Another installment of Colin Trainor's press intensity series. In this piece he focuses on Marseille's start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa. statsbomb.com/2014/09/marseille-the-bielsa-press-quantified/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/marseille-the-bielsa-press-quantified/ Wed, 24 September 2014 10:23:40 The Adolescence of Soccer Stats http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-adolescence-of-soccer-stats/ Mike Goodman's assessment of how the increase in availability of stats is leading to a new era for analytics in football. grantland.com/the-triangle/the-adolescence-of-soccer-stats/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-adolescence-of-soccer-stats/ Fri, 12 September 2014 10:16:51 Central Winger: How to measure a player's influence through touches - or lack thereof http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-how-to-measure-a-players-influence-through-touches-or-lack-thereof/ An article by Devin Pleuler analysing the correlation between a players position on the pitch and their influence on the game. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/08/20/central-winger-how-measure-players-influence-through-touches-or-lack-thereof http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-how-to-measure-a-players-influence-through-touches-or-lack-thereof/ Thu, 21 August 2014 16:02:18 The High Press: Manager Tendencies and where AVB went wrong http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-high-press-manager-tendencies-and-where-avb-went-wrong/ Colin Trainor continues to measure the intensity of teams' high press, this time looking at the effect that individual managers have on a team. www.statsbomb.com/2014/08/the-high-press-manager-tendencies-and-where-avb-went-wrong/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-high-press-manager-tendencies-and-where-avb-went-wrong/ Thu, 21 August 2014 12:23:13 In the Future: No one will talk about football analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/in-the-future-no-one-will-talk-about-football-analytics/ Richard Whittall predicts a change in how the media covers analytics as it becomes the norm in football. www.21stclub.com/blog/2014/8/19/in-the-future-no-one-will-talk-about-football-analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/in-the-future-no-one-will-talk-about-football-analytics/ Wed, 20 August 2014 09:34:54 World Cup Penalty Kick Analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/world-cup-penalty-kick-analysis/ Coach Johan of the Shut-Out University blog looks at the stats behind the penalties taken at the 2014 World Cup. shutoutuniversity.com/2014/08/12/world-cup-penalty-kick-analysis/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/world-cup-penalty-kick-analysis/ Wed, 13 August 2014 16:34:41 The Science of Scouting: Defenders http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-science-of-scouting-defenders/ Leicester City’s head of technical scouting Rob Mackenzie, tackles the tricky business of assessing the the performance of defenders. www1.skysports.com/football/news/11662/9417963/the-science-of-scouting-defenders http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-science-of-scouting-defenders/ Tue, 12 August 2014 11:02:36 Defensive Metrics: Measuring the Intensity of a High Press http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-metrics-measuring-the-intensity-of-a-high-press/ Opta data is used by Colin Trainor to quantify the extent and aggression of high presses employed by teams. www.statsbomb.com/2014/07/defensive-metrics-measuring-the-intensity-of-a-high-press/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-metrics-measuring-the-intensity-of-a-high-press/ Wed, 30 July 2014 10:23:05 The Patterns of Penalties http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-patterns-of-penalties/ A brilliant interactive penalty visualisation from the Wall Street Journal, using Opta data. graphics.wsj.com/wc-penalty-kicks/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-patterns-of-penalties/ Fri, 27 June 2014 15:31:53 The importance of attacking speed and the quickest attacking team in epl http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-attacking-speed-and-the-quickest-attacking-team-in-epl/ Colin Trainor uses detailed Opta data to analyse how quickly Premier League teams attack. www.statsbomb.com/2014/06/the-importance-of-attacking-speed-and-the-quickest-attacking-team-in-epl/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-importance-of-attacking-speed-and-the-quickest-attacking-team-in-epl/ Thu, 19 June 2014 11:56:51 Has Holland expelled its obsession with possession football? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-holland-expelled-its-obsession-with-possession-football/ Is counter attacking football the new tiki-taka? 11tegen11 uses Opta data to investigate. 11tegen11.net/2014/06/16/has-holland-expelled-its-obsession-with-possession-football/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/has-holland-expelled-its-obsession-with-possession-football/ Tue, 17 June 2014 09:52:04 The Armchair Analyst - Brazil v Croatia http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-armchair-analyst-brazil-v-croatia/ The Armchair Analyst uses OptaPro tools to analyse the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014/news/article/2014/06/12/three-things-how-brazil-cheated-won-and-staved-national-panic-few-days-armch http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-armchair-analyst-brazil-v-croatia/ Fri, 13 June 2014 09:31:35 World Cup: To d-mid or not to d-mid? 25 years of USMNT tactics under the microscope http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/world-cup-to-d-mid-or-not-to-d-mid-25-years-of-usmnt-tactics-under-the-microscope/ OptaPro's Devin Pleuler uses network analysis to track the US team's tactical development over their last 6 World Cup appearances. www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014/news/article/2014/05/13/world-cup-looking-25-years-usmnt-tactics-biggest-stage-central-winger http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/world-cup-to-d-mid-or-not-to-d-mid-25-years-of-usmnt-tactics-under-the-microscope/ Wed, 14 May 2014 13:21:52 Why the Best Scoring Margin Doesn’t Guarantee a Championship in European Soccer http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-the-best-scoring-margin-doesn’t-guarantee-a-championship-in-european-soccer/ Opta data is used in an article on FiveThirtyEight.com, that looks at how teams perform in the league relative to the number of goals they score. fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-scoring-goals-doesnt-guarantee-a-championship-in-european-soccer/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-the-best-scoring-margin-doesn’t-guarantee-a-championship-in-european-soccer/ Thu, 08 May 2014 17:17:43 Clint Dempsey: Some stats and bar charts http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/clint-dempsey-some-stats-and-bar-charts/ Rich Allen, from Fulham blog Craven Cottage Newsround, analyses Clint Dempsey's Fulham career to see what aspects of his game have improved. cravencottagenewsround.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/clint-dempsey-some-stats-and-bar-charts/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/clint-dempsey-some-stats-and-bar-charts/ Wed, 20 June 2012 16:33:04 Liverpool: An analytical look at 2013/14 – a missed opportunity? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool-an-analytical-look-at-201314-–-a-missed-opportunity/ Colin Trainor with an analytical review of Liverpool's season. www.statsbomb.com/2014/05/liverpool-an-analytical-look-at-201314-a-missed-opportunity/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool-an-analytical-look-at-201314-–-a-missed-opportunity/ Thu, 08 May 2014 15:27:09 Passing impact and David Silva http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-impact-and-david-silva/ Alex Olshansky looks for a way to better understand which PL players are better at creating chances. www.statsbomb.com/2014/04/passing-impact-and-david-silva/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-impact-and-david-silva/ Mon, 28 April 2014 10:17:41 Strokes gained: how analytics is changing how golf is understood http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strokes-gained-how-analytics-is-changing-how-golf-is-understood/ Andy McGeady looks at the role analytics is playing in understanding golf. www.andymcgeady.com/strokes-gained-analytics-changing-golf/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strokes-gained-how-analytics-is-changing-how-golf-is-understood/ Wed, 16 April 2014 17:02:18 April mailbag – profiling pastore, scouting lukaku replacements, and should spurs tank? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/april-mailbag-–-profiling-pastore,-scouting-lukaku-replacements,-and-should-spurs-tank/ The eminently readable and interesting Stats Bomb mailbag returns. www.statsbomb.com/2014/04/april-mailbag-profiling-pastore-scouting-lukaku-replacements-and-should-spurs-tank/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/april-mailbag-–-profiling-pastore,-scouting-lukaku-replacements,-and-should-spurs-tank/ Tue, 08 April 2014 15:25:14 Penalty Kicks: Is guessing a sucker’s bet? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/penalty-kicks-is-guessing-a-sucker’s-bet/ Blogger and 'keeper specialist 'Shut-out University' looks at penalties from the GK's perspective, and asks whether there are better ways to analyse a their performances. shutoutuniversity.com/2014/04/07/penalty-kicks-is-guessing-a-suckers-bet/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/penalty-kicks-is-guessing-a-sucker’s-bet/ Mon, 07 April 2014 16:41:28 MLS Goal of the Year Dashboard http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mls-goal-of-the-year-dashboard/ Steve Fenn uses Tableau, MLS goal footage and Opta shooting data to create a great interactive goal visualistaion tool. www.stathunting.com/2014/03/21/mls-goal-of-the-year-dashboard/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mls-goal-of-the-year-dashboard/ Tue, 25 March 2014 11:37:27 Six Nations carrying: Billy Vunipola and the 8+15 club http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/six-nations-carrying-billy-vunipola-and-the-8plus15-club/ Andy McGeady looks at the individual RBS 6 Nations carry data and unearths some interesting conclusions. www.andymcgeady.com/six-nations-carrying-815-club/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/six-nations-carrying-billy-vunipola-and-the-8plus15-club/ Mon, 24 March 2014 14:34:30 Video interview with Bolton Wanderers' Brian Prestidge http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/video-interview-with-bolton-wanderers-brian-prestidge/ Rob Carroll, creator of www.thevideoanalyst.com, conducts a long-form video interview with Bolton Wanderers' Head of Analytical Development, Brian Prestidge. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qr5wuDvh6M&feature=youtu.be http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/video-interview-with-bolton-wanderers-brian-prestidge/ Fri, 21 March 2014 16:49:14 Beane Counters http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/beane-counters/ An interview with Billy Beane, looking at how the Oakland A's have developed their analysis post-Moneyball. grantland.com/features/beane-counters/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/beane-counters/ Wed, 19 March 2014 11:55:11 Wayne Rooney – A Perfect 10? Part One http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wayne-rooney-–-a-perfect-10-part-one/ Paul Riley focuses on players 'in the hole'. differentgame.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/wayne-rooney-a-perfect-10-part-one/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wayne-rooney-–-a-perfect-10-part-one/ Thu, 06 March 2014 12:37:13 The search for intelligent life http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-search-for-intelligent-life/ Nate Silver looks at the current analytical state of play in US sport. espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/10476210/nba-mlb-embrace-analytics-nfl-reluctant-espn-magazine?src=mobile http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-search-for-intelligent-life/ Thu, 20 February 2014 10:05:15 You’ll never win anything with crosses http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/you’ll-never-win-anything-with-crosses/ Will Gurpinar-Morgan looks at whether a strategy based mainly on crosses can possibly be successful. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/youll-never-win-anything-with-crosses/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/you’ll-never-win-anything-with-crosses/ Mon, 10 February 2014 11:06:08 Never judge a goal keeper by his saves http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/never-judge-a-goal-keeper-by-his-saves/ How do you accurately rate a goal-keeper's performance? 11tegen11.net/2014/02/03/never-judge-a-goal-keeper-by-his-saves/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/never-judge-a-goal-keeper-by-his-saves/ Mon, 03 February 2014 15:15:37 Why football clubs absolutely NEED analytics to survive an increasingly crazy transfer market http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-football-clubs-absolutely-need-analytics-to-survive-an-increasingly-crazy-transfer-market/ Richard Whittall takes on the role of key note speaker at the upcoming OptaPro Analytics Forum. blogs.thescore.com/counterattack/2014/01/29/why-football-clubs-absolutely-need-analytics-to-survive-an-increasingly-crazy-transfer-market/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-football-clubs-absolutely-need-analytics-to-survive-an-increasingly-crazy-transfer-market/ Thu, 30 January 2014 18:19:05 Why a healthy Aguero could mean the title for City http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-a-healthy-aguero-could-mean-the-title-for-city/ Johannes Harkins uses some great visualisations to show the importance of Sergio Agüero to Man City's title bid. jhpoints.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/why-a-healthy-aguero-could-mean-the-title-for-city/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/why-a-healthy-aguero-could-mean-the-title-for-city/ Mon, 20 January 2014 17:19:16 How to scout goal scoring talent? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-to-scout-goal-scoring-talent/ A step by step guide to using shooting analytics to effectively assess goal scorers. 11tegen11.net/2014/01/15/how-to-scout-goal-scoring-talent/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-to-scout-goal-scoring-talent/ Wed, 15 January 2014 15:15:36 Stat definitions http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stat-definitions/ Ted Knutson provides useful translations for the complex acronyms used by the analytical community. www.statsbomb.com/stat-definitions/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stat-definitions/ Mon, 13 January 2014 14:14:53 Central Winger: Is David Beckham MLS' top free-kick taker since 2011? The results might suprise you http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-is-david-beckham-mls-top-free-kick-taker-since-2011-the-results-might-suprise-you/ Devin Pleuler extends his free-kick research to MLS and examines David Beckham's true direct free-kick ability. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/01/08/central-winger-david-beckham-mls-top-free-kick-taker-2011-results-might-supr http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-is-david-beckham-mls-top-free-kick-taker-since-2011-the-results-might-suprise-you/ Wed, 08 January 2014 15:23:27 Life Beyond the Arc http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/life-beyond-the-arc/ Fascinating article looking at the NBA, and how analytics have directly affected on-court play. www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10148890/the-reliance-3-pointer-whether-not-hurting-nba http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/life-beyond-the-arc/ Tue, 17 December 2013 15:01:08 What can Szczesny’s decision-making tell us about luck? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-can-szczesny’s-decision-making-tell-us-about-luck/ More goalkeeping analysis from Paul Riley, looking at how individual keeper performances can tell us more about luck and skill. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/hawkes-bizarre-what-can-szczesnys-decision-making-tell-us-about-luck/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-can-szczesny’s-decision-making-tell-us-about-luck/ Tue, 17 December 2013 14:11:42 A shots dominance comparison: Smaller versus larger leagues. http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-shots-dominance-comparison-smaller-versus-larger-leagues/ One Man Club compare shooting across different leagues. onemanclub.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/a-shots-dominance-comparison-smaller-versus-larger-leagues/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-shots-dominance-comparison-smaller-versus-larger-leagues/ Thu, 12 December 2013 12:21:19 The reason West Ham could go down http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-reason-west-ham-could-go-down/ The prolific Colin Trainor uses his Goal Expectation model to draw conclusions about West Ham's poor performances. www.statsbomb.com/2013/12/the-reason-west-ham-could-go-down/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-reason-west-ham-could-go-down/ Thu, 12 December 2013 10:54:28 Mythbusting: Downing creates poor chances http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mythbusting-downing-creates-poor-chances/ Colin Trainor looks at whether the West Ham winger really deserves his reputation for being ineffective. www.statsbomb.com/2013/12/statsbomb-mythbusting-downing-creates-poor-chances/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mythbusting-downing-creates-poor-chances/ Mon, 09 December 2013 12:01:37 The Scoreline Isn't Everything http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-scoreline-isnt-everything/ Mark Taylor looks at the importance of considering score effects in context. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-scoreline-isnt-everything.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-scoreline-isnt-everything/ Thu, 05 December 2013 10:23:50 Shot Matrix V: Identifying Player Shooting Skill http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-matrix-v-identifying-player-shooting-skill/ 'MC of A' continues his work on goal-scoring, by looking at how to assign 'skill' to individual players. cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2013/12/3/5169884/shot-matrix-v-identifying-player-shooting-skill http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-matrix-v-identifying-player-shooting-skill/ Wed, 04 December 2013 11:42:30 Score effects http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/score-effects/ Ben Pugsley breaks down how scoring goals potentially alters teams' in-game strategy. www.statsbomb.com/2013/12/score-effects/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/score-effects/ Wed, 04 December 2013 11:37:11 The historical importance of shot dominance http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-historical-importance-of-shot-dominance/ One Man Club looks at how using Shot Dominance can point to teams that will struggle over a season. onemanclub.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/the-historical-importance-of-shot-dominance/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-historical-importance-of-shot-dominance/ Mon, 02 December 2013 10:40:16 Thinking inside the box? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/thinking-inside-the-box/ Using shooting rates from inside the penalty box to assess team performance. hitrowz.com/2013/11/06/thinking-inside-the-box/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/thinking-inside-the-box/ Fri, 29 November 2013 14:28:29 Can players game the system? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/can-players-game-the-system/ Rob Carroll discusses whether data-led KPIs can help or hinder overall performance. thevideoanalyst.com/can-players-game-the-system/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/can-players-game-the-system/ Wed, 20 November 2013 15:09:04 Shot Matrix III: The Incredible Through-Ball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-matrix-iii-the-incredible-through-ball/ Qualifying expected goal rates by looking further at how the shot was created. cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2013/11/16/5111212/shot-matrix-iii-the-incredible-through-ball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-matrix-iii-the-incredible-through-ball/ Wed, 20 November 2013 14:47:33 Mythbusting: Christian Eriksen vs Newcastle http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mythbusting-christian-eriksen-vs-newcastle/ Ted Knutson looks at Christian Eriksen's performance v Newcastle, with a particular focus on the Key Passes metric. www.statsbomb.com/2013/11/statsbomb-mythbusting-christian-eriksen-vs-newcastle/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mythbusting-christian-eriksen-vs-newcastle/ Wed, 13 November 2013 10:58:39 Assessing key passes http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/assessing-key-passes/ Colin Trainor extracts greater meaning from the Key Passes metric. www.statsbomb.com/2013/11/assessing-key-passes/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/assessing-key-passes/ Mon, 11 November 2013 18:09:36 CourtVision: The Revenge of Monta Ellis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/courtvision-the-revenge-of-monta-ellis/ Great basketball analysis from Kirk Goldsberry, with definite implications for football/rugby analytics. www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/81633/courtvision-the-revenge-of-monta-ellis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/courtvision-the-revenge-of-monta-ellis/ Fri, 08 November 2013 10:11:50 The Future of Football - How teams will win 10 years from now http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-future-of-football-how-teams-will-win-10-years-from-now/ Richard Whittall introduces 21st Club's 'Future of Football' series of blogs. www.21stclub.com/blog/2013/118/future-directions-intro http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-future-of-football-how-teams-will-win-10-years-from-now/ Fri, 08 November 2013 09:22:29 How repeatable are shots on target? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-repeatable-are-shots-on-target/ James Grayson looks further into separating skill and luck when shooting at goal. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/how-repeatable-are-shots-on-target/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-repeatable-are-shots-on-target/ Thu, 07 November 2013 17:51:58 Hugo Lloris ‘is Bearings http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/hugo-lloris-‘is-bearings/ Paul Riley delves further into comprehensive goalkeeping analysis, focusing on Hugo Lloris. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/hugo-lloris-is-bearings/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/hugo-lloris-‘is-bearings/ Wed, 30 October 2013 09:57:07 'Leading the line': The Scout7 newsletter http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leading-the-line-the-scout7-newsletter/ The latest magazine from Scout7, featuring an interview with the KNVB's Max Reckers, Chris Anderson and Leicester City's Rob Mackenzie. issuu.com/s7football/docs/leading_the_line_november_2013 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/leading-the-line-the-scout7-newsletter/ Tue, 29 October 2013 12:22:21 Shot influence in 2012/13: Messi, Suarez & Bale http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-influence-in-201213-messi,-suarez-bale/ Ben Pugsley attempts to quantify the influence of a single player on a team's attack. www.statsbomb.com/2013/10/shot-influence-in-201213-messi-suarez-bale/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-influence-in-201213-messi,-suarez-bale/ Mon, 14 October 2013 11:48:56 Defensive metrics: An introduction http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-metrics-an-introduction/ Colin Trainor tries to unpick one of the more difficult areas of analysis. www.statsbomb.com/2013/10/defensive-metrics-an-introduction/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defensive-metrics-an-introduction/ Thu, 10 October 2013 17:52:14 If Hart's errors and Forster's saves don't tell the whole story, what does? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/if-harts-errors-and-forsters-saves-dont-tell-the-whole-story,-what-does/ Sean Ingle discusses how best to analyse goal keeper's performances in The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2013/oct/06/joe-hart-sean-ingle http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/if-harts-errors-and-forsters-saves-dont-tell-the-whole-story,-what-does/ Tue, 08 October 2013 12:14:15 Stoke City’s new look – the long and short of it http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stoke-city’s-new-look-–-the-long-and-short-of-it/ Paul Riley looks at how Stoke City's playing style has altered under Mark Hughes. www.statsbomb.com/2013/10/stoke-citys-new-look-the-long-and-short-of-it/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stoke-city’s-new-look-–-the-long-and-short-of-it/ Fri, 04 October 2013 18:01:14 How Opta altered the Premier League, and soccer, forever http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-opta-altered-the-premier-league,-and-soccer,-forever/ An article on NBCsports.com, looking at how Opta has revolutionised the world of football data. prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/02/how-opta-has-helped-alter-the-premier-league-and-soccer-forever-part-i/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-opta-altered-the-premier-league,-and-soccer,-forever/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:21:30 What does Luis Suarez mean to Liverpool on the field? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-does-luis-suarez-mean-to-liverpool-on-the-field/ Mike Goodman (along with some graphical analysis from Kirk Goldsberry) looks at Luis Suarez's performances for Liverpool. www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/76455/what-does-luis-suarez-mean-to-liverpool-on-the-field http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-does-luis-suarez-mean-to-liverpool-on-the-field/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:20:12 We have all the time in the world http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/we-have-all-the-time-in-the-world/ Richard Allen looks a different way of analysing player performances, taking into account relative playing time. cravencottagenewsround.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/we-have-all-the-time-in-the-world/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/we-have-all-the-time-in-the-world/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:18:23 Biting the hot hand: Basketball's enduring streakiness debate rages on http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/biting-the-hot-hand-basketballs-enduring-streakiness-debate-rages-on/ Excellent Grantland article, shining new light on the 'hot hand' debate. www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/75326/biting-the-hot-hand-basketballs-enduring-streakiness-debate-rages-on http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/biting-the-hot-hand-basketballs-enduring-streakiness-debate-rages-on/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:18:55 How much does Juan Mata to Chelsea? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-much-does-juan-mata-to-chelsea/ A brief but interesting article from Paul Riley, looking at how effective Juan Mata is for Chelsea. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/how-much-does-juan-mata-to-chelsea/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-much-does-juan-mata-to-chelsea/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:17:06 Finding signal amidst the summer transfer noise http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/finding-signal-amidst-the-summer-transfer-noise/ A interactive transfer window data viz from our friends at 21st Club. www.21stclub.com/blog/2013/10/9/finding-signal-amidst-the-summer-transfer-noise http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/finding-signal-amidst-the-summer-transfer-noise/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:16:26 Liverpool’s chance quality http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool’s-chance-quality/ Andrew Beasley experiments with a different way of effectively assessing chance quality. basstunedtored.com/2013/09/07/liverpools-chance-quality/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/liverpool’s-chance-quality/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:15:08 Pass Atlas: A map of where NFL quarterbacks throw the ball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pass-atlas-a-map-of-where-nfl-quarterbacks-throw-the-ball/ Kirk Goldsberry visualises an entire NFL season's quarterback passing for Grantland. www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/73694/pass-atlas-a-map-of-where-nfl-quarterbacks-throw-the-ball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pass-atlas-a-map-of-where-nfl-quarterbacks-throw-the-ball/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:15:47 In my experience, there's no such thing as luck... Except in football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/in-my-experience,-theres-no-such-thing-as-luck-except-in-football/ Neil Charles breaks down what constitutes 'luck' in football, and which teams are most affected. www.wallpaperingfog.co.uk/2013/09/in-my-experience-theres-no-such-thing.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/in-my-experience,-theres-no-such-thing-as-luck-except-in-football/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:14:33 Analysing football teams using cluster analysis and principal component analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analysing-football-teams-using-cluster-analysis-and-principal-component-analysis/ Onside Analysis look at new techniques for analysing large data sets. www.onsideanalysis.com/analysing-football-teams-using-cluster-analysis-principal-component-analysis/#!prettyPhoto http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analysing-football-teams-using-cluster-analysis-and-principal-component-analysis/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:10:32 Shot contribution and shots per key pass: An introduction http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-contribution-and-shots-per-key-pass-an-introduction/ Alex Olshansky looks at the relationship between shots and key passes, and explains why it is important. tempofreesoccer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/shot-contribution-and-shots-per-key.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-contribution-and-shots-per-key-pass-an-introduction/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:09:35 The State of Analytics: Putting an end to the “numbers vs romance” caricature http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-putting-an-end-to-the-“numbers-vs-romance”-caricature/ Richard Whittall responds to the 'football is art, not science' debate blogs.thescore.com/counterattack/2013/08/27/the-state-of-analytics-putting-an-end-to-the-numbers-vs-romance-caricature/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-putting-an-end-to-the-“numbers-vs-romance”-caricature/ Thu, 03 October 2013 17:08:34 How stats have changed Premier League football forever http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-stats-have-changed-premier-league-football-forever/ A feature from Techradar, on how OptaPro and other organisations are changing football analysis. www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/how-stats-are-winning-the-premier-league-1173653/1#articleContent http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-stats-have-changed-premier-league-football-forever/ Mon, 19 August 2013 10:29:31 Data-driven football: Fantasy football manager http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-driven-football-fantasy-football-manager/ Interactive visual analysis of Opta data, featured in The Economist, using topological data-analysis software provided by Ayasdi. www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/08/data-driven-football?fsrc=scn%2Ftw_ec%2Ffantasy_football_manager http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/data-driven-football-fantasy-football-manager/ Mon, 19 August 2013 10:00:23 Final third touches, the precursors to goals http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/final-third-touches,-the-precursors-to-goals/ Mark Taylor looks at how certain on-field events correlate with scoring goals. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/final-third-touches-precursors-to-goals.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/final-third-touches,-the-precursors-to-goals/ Fri, 16 August 2013 18:28:21 CB performance analysis http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cb-performance-analysis/ Dave Laidig looks at how best to quantify the performance of centre-backs, a notoriously tricky position to analyse. www.par-stat.com/?p=234 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/cb-performance-analysis/ Wed, 14 August 2013 15:32:10 Big data in the big leagues - how cloud is transforming sports http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/big-data-in-the-big-leagues-how-cloud-is-transforming-sports/ A recap of the online panel, looking at Big Data and sport, featuring OptaPro's Devin Pleuer. thoughtsoncloud.com/index.php/2013/08/august-cloudchat-big-data-in-the-big-leagues-how-cloud-is-transforming-sports-2/?sf15903767=1 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/big-data-in-the-big-leagues-how-cloud-is-transforming-sports/ Fri, 09 August 2013 17:43:46 Stats 101: Why it’s time to re-educate players in meaningful statistics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stats-101-why-it’s-time-to-re-educate-players-in-meaningful-statistics/ Interesting article from Gabe Kepler, looking at baseball players' relationships with advanced metrics. fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/07/22/stats-101-time-to-re-educate-players-in-meaningful-statistics/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/stats-101-why-it’s-time-to-re-educate-players-in-meaningful-statistics/ Tue, 06 August 2013 14:15:48 Goal expectation and efficiency http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goal-expectation-and-efficiency/ Constantinos Chappas and Colin Trainor take a look at Goal Expectation. www.statsbomb.com/2013/08/goal-expectation-and-efficiency/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/goal-expectation-and-efficiency/ Tue, 06 August 2013 13:20:06 Does Home Advantage Exist at World Cups? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/does-home-advantage-exist-at-world-cups/ An interesting and exhaustive look at host-nations' World Cup performances, including a look at the pros and cons of the FIFA rankings. skepticinthestands.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/does-home-advantage-exist-at-world-cups.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/does-home-advantage-exist-at-world-cups/ Thu, 01 August 2013 12:10:48 The Top 70 Wide/Attacking players http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-top-70-wideattacking-players/ Ben Pugsley looks at the 70 most effective wide and attacking midfield players in the EPL last season. www.bitterandblue.com/2013/7/31/4571660/the-top-70-wide-attacking-midfielders-in-2012-13 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-top-70-wideattacking-players/ Wed, 31 July 2013 16:44:50 The State of Analytics: Is soccer analysis slowly moving from “is” to “ought”? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-is-soccer-analysis-slowly-moving-from-“is”-to-“ought”/ Richard Whittall looks at analytical 'truths' that have emerged through data analysis. blogs.thescore.com/counterattack/2013/07/30/the-state-of-analytics-is-soccer-analysis-slowly-moving-from-is-to-ought/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-is-soccer-analysis-slowly-moving-from-“is”-to-“ought”/ Tue, 30 July 2013 16:53:25 Near or far post shooting http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/near-or-far-post-shooting/ Colin Trainor looks at how different shot angles affect goal-scoring. www.statsbomb.com/2013/07/near-or-far-post-shooting/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/near-or-far-post-shooting/ Mon, 29 July 2013 09:46:16 How and why NBA coaches communicate advanced metrics to players http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-and-why-nba-coaches-communicate-advanced-metrics-to-players/ How NBA coaches are 'translating' analytics to playing squads. www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/7/23/4547374/nba-coaches-analytics-players-celtics-brad-stevens http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-and-why-nba-coaches-communicate-advanced-metrics-to-players/ Wed, 24 July 2013 09:48:27 Luck vs shot quality in shooting percentage http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/luck-vs-shot-quality-in-shooting-percentage/ An ice hockey study, looking at the role of luck in goal scoring. www.arcticicehockey.com/2011/10/25/2512376/luck-vs-shot-quality-in-shooting-percentage http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/luck-vs-shot-quality-in-shooting-percentage/ Wed, 24 July 2013 09:31:42 The ‘Perfect’ assist http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-‘perfect’-assist/ The team at Kickdex look at where assists originate from on the pitch. blog.kickdex.com/post/56157934804/the-perfect-assist http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-‘perfect’-assist/ Tue, 23 July 2013 12:25:55 A way to assess one season in the 'bigs' http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-way-to-assess-one-season-in-the-bigs/ Paul Riley looks at how likely players are to continue a successful first season in a 'big' league. www.statsbomb.com/2013/07/a-way-to-assess-one-season-in-the-bigs/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-way-to-assess-one-season-in-the-bigs/ Mon, 22 July 2013 14:59:07 'With Or Without You' analysis of Real Madrid http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/with-or-without-you-analysis-of-real-madrid/ 'The Bubble Game' looks at how to credit individual players for how successful a team is. thebubblegame.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/with-or-without-you-analysis-of-real-madrid/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/with-or-without-you-analysis-of-real-madrid/ Mon, 22 July 2013 14:53:18 An alternative formulation of tempo in football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-alternative-formulation-of-tempo-in-football/ The Soccermetrics blog expands on Devin Pleuler's possession work. www.soccermetrics.net/team-performance/an-alternative-formulation-of-tempo-in-football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/an-alternative-formulation-of-tempo-in-football/ Mon, 22 July 2013 12:34:40 How the Los Angeles Kings Corsi'd their way to the NHL's elite http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-los-angeles-kings-corsid-their-way-to-the-nhls-elite/ An article looking at the use of advanced metrics in ice hockey, and how they have directly benefited teams. www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22800149/how-the-los-angeles-kings-corsid-their-way-to-the-nhls-elite http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-the-los-angeles-kings-corsid-their-way-to-the-nhls-elite/ Thu, 18 July 2013 14:02:08 Gerhard Tremmel, an above average keeper. http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/gerhard-tremmel,-an-above-average-keeper/ How Gerhard Tremmel stacked up against other Premier League goal keepers, by Mark Taylor. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/gerhard-tremmel-above-average-keeper.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/gerhard-tremmel,-an-above-average-keeper/ Tue, 16 July 2013 12:10:19 Career scoring charts http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/career-scoring-charts/ Really interesting way of visualising top strikers' goal-scoring performances. thebubblegame.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/career-scoring-charts/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/career-scoring-charts/ Mon, 15 July 2013 08:54:11 The key to key passes http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-key-to-key-passes/ Paul Riley turns his attention to the 'Key Passes' metric. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/the-key-to-key-passes/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-key-to-key-passes/ Wed, 10 July 2013 09:53:04 The sceptical statistician http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-sceptical-statistician/ Mike Goodman provides an accompanying piece to the below article on scoring from headers. tacticalstrikes.com/2013/07/08/the-skeptical-statistician/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-sceptical-statistician/ Tue, 09 July 2013 11:26:27 Headers as a valued scoring method http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/headers-as-a-valued-scoring-method/ Mark Taylor defends the header as a goal scoring opportunity. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/headers-as-valued-scoring-method.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/headers-as-a-valued-scoring-method/ Tue, 09 July 2013 10:12:34 Strength in numbers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strength-in-numbers/ Excellent article on data in basketball, that has many applicable elements to football and other sports. www.coachesnetwork.com/articles/basketball/strength-numbers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strength-in-numbers/ Fri, 05 July 2013 12:54:20 Preventing opposition shots from good areas http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/preventing-opposition-shots-from-good-areas/ Paul Riley also takes a look at which teams are most effective at preventing shots from dangerous areas. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/1159/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/preventing-opposition-shots-from-good-areas/ Wed, 03 July 2013 14:16:30 Conceding shots - A brief expansion http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/conceding-shots-a-brief-expansion/ Chris Lilley takes a further look at how shot locations affected last season's PL. thepowerof11.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/conceding-shots-a-brief-expansion/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/conceding-shots-a-brief-expansion/ Wed, 03 July 2013 14:10:29 A mind is a terrible thing to waste, also to score goals with http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-mind-is-a-terrible-thing-to-waste,-also-to-score-goals-with/ Mike Goodman expands on previous heading analysis. tacticalstrikes.com/2013/07/03/a-mind-is-a-terrible-thing-to-waste-also-to-score-goals-with/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-mind-is-a-terrible-thing-to-waste,-also-to-score-goals-with/ Wed, 03 July 2013 14:06:10 How do headers compare to shots? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-do-headers-compare-to-shots/ Colin Trainor looks at how how shots and headers differ in effectiveness. statsbettor.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/how-do-headers-compare-to-shots/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-do-headers-compare-to-shots/ Tue, 02 July 2013 10:31:08 Quantifying attack and defensive awareness http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/quantifying-attack-and-defensive-awareness/ Paul Power continues his excellent analysis of player movement. thecounterattack.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/quantifying-attack-and-defensive-awareness/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/quantifying-attack-and-defensive-awareness/ Fri, 21 June 2013 08:18:22 Difficulty of schedule in the Premier League (2012/13) http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/difficulty-of-schedule-in-the-premier-league-(201213)/ Think every team faces the same level of opposition difficulty across a season? Ben Pugsley suggests otherwise. benjaminpugsley.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/difficulty-of-schedule-in-the-premier-league-201213/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/difficulty-of-schedule-in-the-premier-league-(201213)/ Thu, 20 June 2013 14:20:36 Blocks: The demonisation of not working a pass http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/blocks-the-demonisation-of-not-working-a-pass/ Paul Riley continues with his work on blocked shots. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/blocks-the-demonization-of-not-working-a-pass/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/blocks-the-demonisation-of-not-working-a-pass/ Thu, 20 June 2013 09:47:18 Introducing MiPMoP: On the difference between Bayern and Barce http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/introducing-mipmop-on-the-difference-between-bayern-and-barce/ Mike Goodman attempts to work out the bets way of normalising football analysis. tacticalstrikes.com/2013/06/18/introducing-mipmop-on-the-difference-between-bayen-and-barce/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/introducing-mipmop-on-the-difference-between-bayern-and-barce/ Tue, 18 June 2013 15:57:10 Analysing Brazil’s 3rd goal: Understanding the impact of player movement http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analysing-brazil’s-3rd-goal-understanding-the-impact-of-player-movement/ Excellent analysis on how player movement affects goal-scoring from Paul Power. thecounterattack.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/analysing-brazils-3rd-goal-understanding-the-impact-of-players-movement/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analysing-brazil’s-3rd-goal-understanding-the-impact-of-player-movement/ Tue, 18 June 2013 09:13:10 Predicting Athletic Injuries – The Final Frontier For Sports Analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/predicting-athletic-injuries-–-the-final-frontier-for-sports-analytics/ Is it possible to predict when athletes will get injured? www.metrifit.com/blog/predicting-athletic-injuries-the-final-frontier-for-sports-analytics/#.Ub7NGvmR98F http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/predicting-athletic-injuries-–-the-final-frontier-for-sports-analytics/ Mon, 17 June 2013 09:49:19 Where shooting goes wide of the mark http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-shooting-goes-wide-of-the-mark/ Paul Riley expands on his previous shooting analysis. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/where-the-shooting-gets-wide-of-the-mark/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-shooting-goes-wide-of-the-mark/ Mon, 17 June 2013 09:45:26 Marouane Fellaini - Stick or Twist? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/marouane-fellaini-stick-or-twist/ Onside Analysis look at Marouane Fellaini's impact on Everton. www.onsideanalysis.com/marouane-fellaini-stick-or-twist/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/marouane-fellaini-stick-or-twist/ Fri, 14 June 2013 14:41:35 Converting Shots – Repeats and Repeatability 1 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/converting-shots-–-repeats-and-repeatability-1/ Paul Riley analyses how repeatable a skill finishing is. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/converting-shots-repeats-and-repeatability-1/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/converting-shots-–-repeats-and-repeatability-1/ Mon, 10 June 2013 10:31:59 Where the talent shone through in 2012/13 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-the-talent-shone-through-in-201213/ Mark Taylor ranks teams by effectiveness using different data categories. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/where-talent-shone-through-in-201213.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/where-the-talent-shone-through-in-201213/ Tue, 04 June 2013 09:25:13 Luis Suarez – Why Liverpool Haven’t Got Enough http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/luis-suarez-–-why-liverpool-haven’t-got-enough/ Paul Riley analyses Luis Suarez's on-field impact. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/1089/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/luis-suarez-–-why-liverpool-haven’t-got-enough/ Mon, 03 June 2013 13:48:58 Did your team improve or regress in 12/13? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/did-your-team-improve-or-regress-in-1213/ James Grayson tracks teams' performances over the last two seasons. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/did-your-team-improve-in-regress-in-12-13/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/did-your-team-improve-or-regress-in-1213/ Wed, 29 May 2013 09:38:06 Trawling the Bundesliga for Value Transfer Targets http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/trawling-the-bundesliga-for-value-transfer-targets/ Ted Knutson uses analytics to recommend good value players for BPL and UCL clubs. mixedknuts.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/trawling-the-bundesliga-for-value-transfer-targets/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/trawling-the-bundesliga-for-value-transfer-targets/ Wed, 22 May 2013 13:23:29 Number crunching a growing craze in the NFL http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/number-crunching-a-growing-craze-in-the-nfl/ How NFL teams are creating dedicated analytics departments. www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2013/05/15/advanced-statistics-nfl/2164723/?utm_content=bufferbc6af&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/number-crunching-a-growing-craze-in-the-nfl/ Fri, 17 May 2013 17:58:39 Moneyball-ization of hockey pays off for Penguins http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/moneyball-ization-of-hockey-pays-off-for-penguins/ How open data analysis has benefitted the Pittsburgh Penguins. www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/moneyball-ization-of-hockey-pays-off-for-penguins/article10122427/#dashboard/follows/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/moneyball-ization-of-hockey-pays-off-for-penguins/ Wed, 15 May 2013 09:22:42 What matters: leadership, data analysis, culture http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-matters-leadership,-data-analysis,-culture/ Former England cricketer and noted author Ed Smith discusses how to create successful teams. www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/635873.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-matters-leadership,-data-analysis,-culture/ Wed, 15 May 2013 09:20:08 How many points are a Premiership goal worth? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-many-points-are-a-premiership-goal-worth/ James Grayson quantifies the value of a PL goal, for teams at both ends of the table. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/how-many-points-are-a-premiership-goal-worth/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-many-points-are-a-premiership-goal-worth/ Mon, 13 May 2013 11:38:53 Strikers Are Better Finishers Than Defenders http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strikers-are-better-finishers-than-defenders/ More in-depth analysis on how to quantify finishing ability. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/strikers-are-better-finishers-than.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/strikers-are-better-finishers-than-defenders/ Fri, 10 May 2013 14:41:35 Interview with Chelsea's Ben Smith http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-chelseas-ben-smith/ Ben Smith explains how he extracts value and insight from big data to give Chelsea an edge over their competitors. www.thebigdatainsightgroup.com/site/article/ben-smith-development-performance-systems-chelsea-fc http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/interview-with-chelseas-ben-smith/ Wed, 01 May 2013 14:05:34 Passing, shooting and tackling in context http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing,-shooting-and-tackling-in-context/ Mark Taylor attempts to identify which on field actions correlate well with different game states. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/passing-shooting-and-tackling-in-context.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing,-shooting-and-tackling-in-context/ Tue, 30 April 2013 12:26:42 BBC: Football's top teams tap into burgeoning data bonanza http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bbc-footballs-top-teams-tap-into-burgeoning-data-bonanza/ The BBC speak to OptaPro's Sam Green about football's evolution into a numbers game. www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22299503 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bbc-footballs-top-teams-tap-into-burgeoning-data-bonanza/ Tue, 30 April 2013 10:07:50 Defence Effectiveness http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defence-effectiveness/ How many shots each team in the English Premier League faces per match and how many shots it takes to score a goal against them. pena.lt/y/defence-effectiveness/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/defence-effectiveness/ Mon, 29 April 2013 14:41:48 Understanding Total Shot Ratio http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-total-shot-ratio/ Martin Eastwood explains this popular analysis tool. pena.lt/y/2013/04/02/understanding-total-shot-ratio-in-football/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-total-shot-ratio/ Fri, 26 April 2013 15:24:23 Premier League Table: Minutes Spent Winning and Minutes Spent At +1 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-table-minutes-spent-winning-and-minutes-spent-at-plus1/ Ben Pugsley takes a look at how 'Game State' can help explain this season's PL table. www.bitterandblue.com/2013/4/24/4260348/premier-league-table-minutes-spent-winning-and-minutes-spent-at-1 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/premier-league-table-minutes-spent-winning-and-minutes-spent-at-plus1/ Thu, 25 April 2013 09:23:10 Get ahead of the game: What businesses can learn from the use of analytics in sports http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/get-ahead-of-the-game-what-businesses-can-learn-from-the-use-of-analytics-in-sports/ A Deloitte paper looking at how analytics in sport can benefit businesses. www.deloitte.com/view/en_GB/uk/market-insights/deloitte-analytics/d658d063f95dd310VgnVCM2000003356f70aRCRD.htm?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=linkedin_to_analytics_in_sports http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/get-ahead-of-the-game-what-businesses-can-learn-from-the-use-of-analytics-in-sports/ Wed, 17 April 2013 12:56:30 Man Utd v Man City: Game State Numbers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/man-utd-v-man-city-game-state-numbers/ Danny Pugsley looks at the game state numbers ahead of the Manchester Derby. benjaminpugsley.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/man-utd-v-man-city-game-state-numbers/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/man-utd-v-man-city-game-state-numbers/ Mon, 08 April 2013 18:29:55 The impact of Big Chance conversion http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-impact-of-big-chance-conversion/ A look at the impact of Big Chances and how they affect the scoring behaviour of some of the Premier League's top goal-scorers. www.wearepremierleague.com/2013/04/the-imapct-of-big-chance-conversion.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-impact-of-big-chance-conversion/ Fri, 05 April 2013 16:29:23 Simple Soccer's Pythagorean formula http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/simple-soccers-pythagorean-formula/ A look at using Pythagorean expectation as a predictive tool. sportscruncher.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/simple-soccers-pythagorean-formula/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/simple-soccers-pythagorean-formula/ Fri, 05 April 2013 16:24:11 Finding The Top Corner. A Repeatable Skill ? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/finding-the-top-corner-a-repeatable-skill-/ How much does shot placement affect goal scoring? An addition to the debate from Mark Taylor. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/finding-top-corner-repeatable-skill.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/finding-the-top-corner-a-repeatable-skill-/ Thu, 28 March 2013 10:34:56 WAR in MLB: The rise and importance of advanced statistical metrics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/war-in-mlb-the-rise-and-importance-of-advanced-statistical-metrics/ An article from US-based Sporting News 2013 Yearbook, looking at the analytical advances made in baseball. aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2013-03-25/war-mlb-mvp-debate-mike-trout-miguel-cabrera-saber-advanced-metrics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/war-in-mlb-the-rise-and-importance-of-advanced-statistical-metrics/ Wed, 27 March 2013 14:47:08 Shot Placement: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-placement-a-look-at-michu,-cisse-and-suárez/ Andrew Beasley continues his work into looking at how shot placement affects goalscoring. basstunedtored.com/2013/03/25/shot-placement-a-look-at-michu-cisse-suarez/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-placement-a-look-at-michu,-cisse-and-suárez/ Wed, 27 March 2013 09:21:30 What is analytics? A response to Chris Anderson http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-is-analytics-a-response-to-chris-anderson/ Simon Gleave responds to Chris Anderson's theories about what 'analytics' actually represent. scoreboardjournalism.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/what-is-analytics-a-response-to-chris-anderson/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-is-analytics-a-response-to-chris-anderson/ Wed, 20 March 2013 17:21:04 What Exactly Is Football Analytics? What is Football Analytics Not? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-exactly-is-football-analytics-what-is-football-analytics-not/ Chris Anderson takes a step back to look at what exactly is meant by 'analytics' in a sporting context. www.soccerbythenumbers.com/2013/03/what-exactly-is-football-analytics-what.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/what-exactly-is-football-analytics-what-is-football-analytics-not/ Wed, 20 March 2013 17:18:53 Bale v Walcott – The Real Story http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bale-v-walcott-–-the-real-story/ Paul Riley uses data to analyse two of the Premier League's most debated players. differentgame.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/bale-v-walcott-the-real-story/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/bale-v-walcott-–-the-real-story/ Wed, 20 March 2013 11:22:44 Final Third Efficiency http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/final-third-efficiency/ Andrew Beasley looks at ways to measure Liverpool FC's attacking efficiency. basstunedtored.com/2013/03/17/final-third-efficiency/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/final-third-efficiency/ Mon, 18 March 2013 14:33:11 Rugby analytics: mining hidden insights from Six Nations performance data http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-analytics-mining-hidden-insights-from-six-nations-performance-data/ Statistics are now ubiquitous in baseball and increasingly so football, but the 2013 Six Nations sees rugby join the revolution www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/mar/15/big-data-analytics-rugby-union-six-nations?CMP=twt_gu http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/rugby-analytics-mining-hidden-insights-from-six-nations-performance-data/ Fri, 15 March 2013 09:38:50 The State of Analytics: How inveterate gamblers could be integral for soccer analytics research http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-how-inveterate-gamblers-could-be-integral-for-soccer-analytics-research/ Richard Whittall looks at how gambling analytics could influence the professional game blogs.thescore.com/counterattack/2013/03/12/the-state-of-analytics-how-inveterate-gamblers-could-be-integral-for-soccer-analytics-research/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-how-inveterate-gamblers-could-be-integral-for-soccer-analytics-research/ Tue, 12 March 2013 16:39:24 What's up with Jelavic? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/whats-up-with-jelavic/ Paul Riley (@Footballfactman) looks into why Nikica Jelavic's goal scoring has tailed off this season. theexecutionersbong.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/whats-up-with-jelavic/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/whats-up-with-jelavic/ Fri, 08 March 2013 12:00:19 A Model To Identify Players? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-model-to-identify-players/ Lee Mooney attempts to produce an effective recruitment model. (Link via The Tompkins Times, currently free to read) tomkinstimes.com/2013/03/a-model-to-identify-players/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-model-to-identify-players/ Wed, 06 March 2013 12:18:31 With football transfers, two heads plus data are better than a manager alone http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/with-football-transfers,-two-heads-plus-data-are-better-than-a-manager-alone/ However much a manager knows, the judgment of an individual benefits from other voices and analytical input www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2013/mar/01/football-transfers-data-manager?CMP=twt_gu http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/with-football-transfers,-two-heads-plus-data-are-better-than-a-manager-alone/ Fri, 01 March 2013 17:06:51 EPL 2012/13 TSR table http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/epl-201213-tsr-table/ OptaPro's Advanced Data Analyst Sam Green has used Tableau to graph TSR from this season's EPL. For an excellent explanation of TSR courtesy of James Grayson, head to http://jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/another-post-about-tsr/ public.tableausoftware.com/views/TSR_level_all/TSR http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/epl-201213-tsr-table/ Tue, 26 February 2013 17:47:47 Using the MCFC Data to define successful playing style http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/using-the-mcfc-data-to-define-successful-playing-style/ Mark Taylor goes back to the MCFC Analytics dataset to uncover more information on playing style. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/using-mcfc-data-to-define-successful.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/using-the-mcfc-data-to-define-successful-playing-style/ Tue, 26 February 2013 15:06:06 Investing in analytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/investing-in-analytics/ An excerpt from Benjamin Alamar's book, discussing whether sports teams are effectively using analytics. www.sloansportsconference.com/?p=10849#SSAC13 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/investing-in-analytics/ Thu, 21 February 2013 16:23:45 Is playing style important? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-playing-style-important/ Will Gurpinar-Morgan uses Principal Component Analysis to look at teams' differing playing styles across Europe. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/is-playing-style-important/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/is-playing-style-important/ Tue, 19 February 2013 10:49:52 Points Above Replacement: An investigation in value http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/points-above-replacement-an-investigation-in-value/ A new initiative by Dave Laidig, attempting to replicate WAR statistics from baseball in football. www.par-stat.com/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/points-above-replacement-an-investigation-in-value/ Wed, 06 February 2013 15:43:48 The Cult of Passing http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-cult-of-passing/ Mark Taylor looks at the difference between passing and possession. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-cult-of-passing.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-cult-of-passing/ Wed, 06 February 2013 11:07:24 Understanding Elo ratings http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-elo-ratings/ A blog post from Martin Eastwood outlining the use of Elo ratings in football. pena.lt/y/2013/01/31/understanding-elo-ratings/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/understanding-elo-ratings/ Thu, 31 January 2013 12:04:25 The Autumn Leaders http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-autumn-leaders/ Ahead of the Six Nations starting this weekend, Andy McGeady looks at the leading players from the Autumn Internationals. www.andymcgeady.com/the-autumn-leaders/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-autumn-leaders/ Wed, 30 January 2013 16:53:56 Simulating football matches: an experiment http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/simulating-football-matches-an-experiment/ Neil Charles gives an excellent overview of the predictive model he built. www.wallpaperingfog.co.uk/2013/01/simulating-football-matches-experiment.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/simulating-football-matches-an-experiment/ Mon, 21 January 2013 17:33:11 "Football scouts used to trust intuition. Now they also use spreadsheets" http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-scouts-used-to-trust-intuition-now-they-also-use-spreadsheets/ Guardian column by Sean Ingle, focusing on data-led recruitment. www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2013/jan/20/football-data-scouts-michu-transfer http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-scouts-used-to-trust-intuition-now-they-also-use-spreadsheets/ Sun, 20 January 2013 23:15:38 Keys to the Match http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/keys-to-the-match/ IBM have used Opta data to produce 6 'keys' to each of Sunday's games. www1.skysports.com/football/news/11994/8403516/Keys-to-the-match http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/keys-to-the-match/ Fri, 18 January 2013 13:23:51 The Usefulness of Tackles http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-usefulness-of-tackles/ Mark Taylor analyses EPL sides' tackling prowess. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-usefulness-of-tackles.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-usefulness-of-tackles/ Fri, 04 January 2013 16:49:40 Football League Attack and Defence Graphs http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-league-attack-and-defence-graphs/ Updated versions of Ben Mayhew's Football League analysis. experimental361.com/2013/01/03/attack-defence-graphics-1st-january-2013/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/football-league-attack-and-defence-graphs/ Fri, 04 January 2013 16:35:47 Halfway Point Analysis: Injury in the Premier League http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/halfway-point-analysis-injury-in-the-premier-league/ Ben Pugsley analyses and compares each EPL team's injury record this season. www.bitterandblue.com/2013/1/1/3806570/halfway-point-analysis-injury-in-the-premier-league http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/halfway-point-analysis-injury-in-the-premier-league/ Thu, 03 January 2013 13:28:32 Shot Position Average Model http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-position-average-model/ A new post from Differentgame, looking at the number of shots it takes to score from different areas of the pitch. differentgame.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/shot-position-average-model-spam/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/shot-position-average-model/ Wed, 02 January 2013 09:52:16 Wondolowski, van Persie, Ronaldo, and Messi: How Rare Are Their Goal Scoring Totals? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wondolowski,-van-persie,-ronaldo,-and-messi-how-rare-are-their-goal-scoring-totals/ Zach Slaton compares goal-scoring outliers. www.forbes.com/sites/zachslaton/2012/12/21/wondolowski-van-persie-ronaldo-and-messi-how-rare-are-their-goal-scoring-totals/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/wondolowski,-van-persie,-ronaldo,-and-messi-how-rare-are-their-goal-scoring-totals/ Fri, 21 December 2012 16:45:23 A statistical look at Man City's away form in 2012/13 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-look-at-man-citys-away-form-in-201213/ Ben Pugsley analyses Man City's away form so far this season. www.bitterandblue.com/2012/12/14/3765972/a-statistical-look-at-man-citys-pl-away-form-in-2012-13 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-statistical-look-at-man-citys-away-form-in-201213/ Fri, 14 December 2012 16:44:40 Forward thinking defined MLS in 2012 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/forward-thinking-defined-mls-in-2012/ Devin Pleuler uses Opta data to analyse the playing style in MLS in comparison to the previous season. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/12/11/central-winger-forward-thinking-defined-mls-2012 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/forward-thinking-defined-mls-in-2012/ Thu, 13 December 2012 13:02:20 The trouble with Pythagoras http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-trouble-with-pythagoras/ Mark Taylor adds his view to the debate on using the Pythagorean approach to predictive analysis. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-trouble-with-pythagoras.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-trouble-with-pythagoras/ Sun, 09 December 2012 11:05:57 Report: 20 games in http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/report-20-games-in/ Ben Mayhew, (aka Experimental 361) has updated and improved his phenomenally detailed Football League analytical reports. experimental361.com/2012/12/09/report-20-games-in/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/report-20-games-in/ Sun, 09 December 2012 11:00:59 The State of Analytics: What people think analytics is for http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-what-people-think-analytics-is-for/ Analytics in sport - arguably misunderstood. blogs.thescore.com/counterattack/2012/12/04/the-state-of-analytics-what-people-think-soccer-analytics-is-for-and-what-it-should-be-for/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-state-of-analytics-what-people-think-analytics-is-for/ Tue, 04 December 2012 17:11:24 Applying the Pythagorean Expectation to Football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/applying-the-pythagorean-expectation-to-football/ Martin Eastwood refines Pythagorean Expectation to calculate expected points totals. pena.lt/y/applying-the-pythagorean-expectation-to-football-part-two/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/applying-the-pythagorean-expectation-to-football/ Mon, 03 December 2012 11:15:29 Introducing TSR2.4 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/introducing-tsr24/ James Grayson develops his previous work on using TSR as a predictive tool. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/introducing-tsr2-4/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/introducing-tsr24/ Mon, 03 December 2012 11:13:22 The Myth of the English Premium http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-myth-of-the-english-premium/ Chris Anderson examines whether PL clubs do overpay for English talent. www.soccerbythenumbers.com/2012/11/the-myth-of-english-premium.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-myth-of-the-english-premium/ Fri, 30 November 2012 13:31:49 Scouting Revolution http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/scouting-revolution/ Sky Sports interview with Steven Houston, Head of Technical Scouting with OptaPro clients Hamburg. www1.skysports.com/football/news/11994/8293811/Scouting-revolution http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/scouting-revolution/ Fri, 30 November 2012 09:49:28 CourtVision: The Heat, the Wizards, and a Tale of Two Cities http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/courtvision-the-heat,-the-wizards,-and-a-tale-of-two-cities/ A great example from the NBA that shows how to effectively use heatmaps to analyse team performances. www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/43426/courtvision-the-heat-the-wizards-and-a-tale-of-two-cities http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/courtvision-the-heat,-the-wizards,-and-a-tale-of-two-cities/ Tue, 27 November 2012 14:40:34 How quickly do the ‘advanced’ metrics regress to their final values? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-quickly-do-the-‘advanced’-metrics-regress-to-their-final-values/ James Grayson (@JamesWGrayson) has carried out more analysis into the relationship between shots and goals as a predictive measure. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/how-quickly-do-the-advanced-stats-regress-to-their-final-values/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-quickly-do-the-‘advanced’-metrics-regress-to-their-final-values/ Tue, 27 November 2012 09:14:36 Disparity in European football leagues http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/disparity-in-european-football-leagues/ Martin Eastwood looks at point disparity across a season, and how it varies in different leagues. pena.lt/y/disparity-in-european-football-leagues/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/disparity-in-european-football-leagues/ Tue, 20 November 2012 17:10:23 Do foreign footballers really dive more? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/do-foreign-footballers-really-dive-more/ Analysis from Harvard College Sports Analytics Collective using the Opta MCFCAnalytics data. deadspin.com/5957921/from-across-the-channel-to-the-ground-do-foreign-footballers-really-dive-more http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/do-foreign-footballers-really-dive-more/ Fri, 16 November 2012 09:41:57 A quick look at Total Shots Ratio http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-quick-look-at-total-shots-ratio/ Ben Mayhew (@Experimental361) uses TSR to examine Football League performance. experimental361.com/2012/11/11/a-quick-look-at-total-shots-ratio/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/a-quick-look-at-total-shots-ratio/ Mon, 12 November 2012 10:05:03 Momentum in Manchester City v Bolton http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/momentum-in-manchester-city-v-bolton/ Ford Bohrmann looks in more detail at the shifting momentum during a game. www.soccerstatistically.com/blog/2012/10/21/momentum-in-bolton-vs-manchester-city.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/momentum-in-manchester-city-v-bolton/ Fri, 26 October 2012 11:58:13 Passing direction of Premier League players http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-direction-of-premier-league-players/ Enlightening visualisation of PL players' passing tendencies by Aleksey Nozdryn-Plotnicki. thinkdatavis.com/myprojects/mcfc-opta-passing-permier-league-2011-12/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-direction-of-premier-league-players/ Tue, 23 October 2012 17:10:00 Central Winger: Finding context shines a light on crosses http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-finding-context-shines-a-light-on-crosses/ Devin Pleuler uses MLS crossing data to discuss to what extent crosses are affected by build-up play. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/10/17/central-winger-finding-context-shines-light-crosses http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-finding-context-shines-a-light-on-crosses/ Thu, 18 October 2012 12:53:35 Report: The first 10 games http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/report-the-first-10-games/ Exhaustive new Football League report from Ben Mayhew - fantastic showcase demonstrating what can be acheived with limited data. experimental361.com/2012/10/10/report-the-first-10-games-2/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/report-the-first-10-games/ Thu, 11 October 2012 09:25:25 The case for data analysis in football http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-case-for-data-analysis-in-football/ Analytics stalwart Mark Taylor offers his opinion on the state of in-depth football analysis. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-case-for-data-analysis-in-football.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-case-for-data-analysis-in-football/ Fri, 05 October 2012 14:05:17 How passing sequences create chances http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-passing-sequences-create-chances/ Mark Taylor's latest article, on how passing phases affect chance creation. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/how-passing-sequences-create-chances.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-passing-sequences-create-chances/ Mon, 01 October 2012 11:40:03 Analytics in the NBA - Interview with Toronto Raptors analytics consultant http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-in-the-nba-interview-with-toronto-raptors-analytics-consultant/ Interview with Alex Rucker, analytics consultant to the Toronto Raptors. sports.nationalpost.com/2012/09/22/unplugged-raptors-analytics-consultant-alex-rucker-on-advanced-statistics-part-1/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/analytics-in-the-nba-interview-with-toronto-raptors-analytics-consultant/ Mon, 24 September 2012 17:24:38 MCFC Analytics - How do more successful teams keep the ball? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-do-more-successful-teams-keep-the-ball/ A look at the overall passes attempted, and breakdown of successful and unsuccessful passes for each team john-dewitt.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-importance-of-passing-intent.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-do-more-successful-teams-keep-the-ball/ Tue, 18 September 2012 12:36:58 MCFC Analytics - Goalscorer footedness http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-goalscorer-footedness/ A really interesting attempt to quantify the 'footedness' of Premier League goalscorers scrapsofa5.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/goalscorer-footedness.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-goalscorer-footedness/ Tue, 18 September 2012 12:28:21 MCFC Analytics: How teams win http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-teams-win/ Mark Taylor uses the MCFC data set to look at how actions correlate with wins. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/how-teams-win-from-mcfc-data.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-teams-win/ Wed, 05 September 2012 17:15:27 MCFC Analytics - How fouls turn into cards http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-fouls-turn-into-cards/ Mark Taylor analyses how different positions are more susceptible to picking up cards. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/how-fouls-turn-into-cards.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-how-fouls-turn-into-cards/ Tue, 28 August 2012 12:26:58 MCFC Analytics: Some meanderings on passing the ball http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-some-meanderings-on-passing-the-ball/ Interesting views using the MCFC dataset from a baseball analyst and blogger. profpeppersassistant.blogspot.it/2012/08/some-meanderings-on-passing-ball-first.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-some-meanderings-on-passing-the-ball/ Tue, 28 August 2012 11:42:14 MCFC Analytics - Data visualisations from The Guardian http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-data-visualisations-from-the-guardian/ Using performance data released by Opta and MCFC, The Guardian have measured players' relative strengths and weaknesses in different areas of the game. www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/aug/22/premier-league-2011-12-player-attributes-calculated?CMP=twt_fd http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-data-visualisations-from-the-guardian/ Wed, 22 August 2012 16:28:35 MCFC Analytics - more examples http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-more-examples/ Another example of interesting work done using the MCFC Analytics project, by Philippa B. efex.bimeapp.com/players/dashboard/MCFCAnalytics http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-more-examples/ Mon, 20 August 2012 11:47:22 MCFC Analytics - some early examples http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-some-early-examples/ Following OptaPro's collaboration with Man City, some early work has been produced by data blogger Andy Cotgreave. community.tableausoftware.com/message/184814#184814 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/mcfc-analytics-some-early-examples/ Mon, 20 August 2012 11:34:03 Passing network analysis: Liverpool v Gomel http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-network-analysis-liverpool-v-gomel/ Excellent passing analysis from Will Gurpinar-Morgan of Liverpool's Europa League tie against FC Gomel of Belarus. 2plus2equals11.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/passing-network-analysis-liverpool-vs-gomel/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-network-analysis-liverpool-v-gomel/ Wed, 15 August 2012 10:38:36 Passing patterns of the US's top playmakers http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-patterns-of-the-uss-top-playmakers/ The New York Times uses Opta data to display passing patterns from the top playmakers in the US Olympic football side. www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/10/sports/olympics/passing-patterns-of-the-uss-top-playmakers.html?smid=tw-share http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/passing-patterns-of-the-uss-top-playmakers/ Fri, 10 August 2012 12:28:36 Ranking free kick experts: the pitfalls http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/ranking-free-kick-experts-the-pitfalls/ Following previous debate on the effectiveness of direct free kicks, Mark Taylor attempts to work out how to properly rank the takers. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/ranking-free-kick-experts-pitfalls.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/ranking-free-kick-experts-the-pitfalls/ Mon, 06 August 2012 11:25:20 Direct free kicks. Always take your best shot. http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/direct-free-kicks-always-take-your-best-shot/ Mark Taylor, from The Power of Goals blog, responds to the debate over the success rate of direct free kicks. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/direct-free-kicks-always-take-your-best.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/direct-free-kicks-always-take-your-best-shot/ Wed, 01 August 2012 17:21:42 The Uselessness of Free Kicks in the Premier League http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-uselessness-of-free-kicks-in-the-premier-league/ An archive post from Chris Anderson (Soccer by the Numbers) on the inefficiencies of direct free kicks. www.soccerbythenumbers.com/2011/05/uselessness-of-free-kicks-in-premier.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-uselessness-of-free-kicks-in-the-premier-league/ Tue, 31 July 2012 10:18:38 Central Winger: New model illustrates passing tendencies http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-new-model-illustrates-passing-tendencies/ Article from MLSsoccer.com, providing deeper analysis of MLS passing data. www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/07/24/central-winger-new-model-illustrates-passing-tendencies http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/central-winger-new-model-illustrates-passing-tendencies/ Wed, 25 July 2012 16:29:51 Soccermetrics interview with Man City's Gavin Fleig http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/soccermetrics-interview-with-man-citys-gavin-fleig/ Gavin Fleig, Head of Performance Analysis at Premier League champions Man City, is interviewed by Howard Hamilton of Soccermetrics. www.soccermetrics.net/soccermetrics-interviews/soccermetrics-interview-3-part-2-gavin-fleig http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/soccermetrics-interview-with-man-citys-gavin-fleig/ Mon, 23 July 2012 11:22:33 The supporter's fear of the penalty kick http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-supporters-fear-of-the-penalty-kick/ Alex Bryson, senior research fellow at NIESR, analyses England's penalty shoot-out performances in major tournaments. It doesn't make pretty reading. notthetreasuryview.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-supporters-fear-of-penalty-kick.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/the-supporters-fear-of-the-penalty-kick/ Thu, 19 July 2012 16:36:37 Let's play Medalball! http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lets-play-medalball!/ The New York Times looks at ways of maximising medal return in the upcoming Olympic Games. www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/sports/olympics/how-much-for-an-olympic-medal.html?_r=2 http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/lets-play-medalball!/ Wed, 18 July 2012 17:47:38 How Total Shot Ratio can predict performance http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-total-shot-ratio-can-predict-performance/ James Grayson uses TSR (Total Shot Ratio) to predict how teams will perform. jameswgrayson.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/another-post-about-tsr/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/how-total-shot-ratio-can-predict-performance/ Mon, 16 July 2012 08:57:22 Behind the Scenes: Performance analysis at Manchester City FC http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/behind-the-scenes-performance-analysis-at-manchester-city-fc/ Video focus from 2011 on Premier League Champions (and OptaPro clients) Man City. www.mcfc.co.uk/citytv/Features/2011/September/performance-analysis-one http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/behind-the-scenes-performance-analysis-at-manchester-city-fc/ Wed, 11 July 2012 11:18:14 Spotting genius is easy, but what about the rest? http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/spotting-genius-is-easy,-but-what-about-the-rest/ Mark Taylor investigates how to correctly rate players using data. thepowerofgoals.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/spotting-genius-is-easy-but-what-about.html http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/spotting-genius-is-easy,-but-what-about-the-rest/ Tue, 10 July 2012 11:54:14 PageRank algorithm reveals soccer teams' strategies http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pagerank-algorithm-reveals-soccer-teams-strategies/ A new network algorithm that aims to quantify a teams' style of play, from the MIT technology review. www.technologyreview.com/view/428399/pagerank-algorithm-reveals-soccer-teams/#.T_PCdiRdJfk.twitter http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/pagerank-algorithm-reveals-soccer-teams-strategies/ Wed, 04 July 2012 09:28:15 Championship attack and defence chart http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/championship-attack-and-defence-chart/ Analysis from Ben Mayhew, from experimantal361.com, on Championship club's attack and defence performance from the 2011/2012 season. experimental361.com/2012/06/27/championship-attack-defence-performance-201112/ http://www.optasportspro.com/en/about/interesting-links/championship-attack-and-defence-chart/ Mon, 02 July 2012 14:07:52