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NEWS: Mike Fitzgerald of Arizona Diamondbacks to deliver guest talk at 2019 OptaPro Analytics Forum

Director of Research and Development at MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, will deliver the guest talk at the 2019 Forum.

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NEWS: OptaPro publishes 2018 NWSL regular season review

Detailed top-flight analysis from domestic US women's football is available now.

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BLOG: 12 of the best in 2018

OptaPro looks back at some of the most innovative, thought-provoking and engaging pieces of work from the past 12 months.

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News: OptaPro Analytics Forum 2019 presentations announced

The six presentations and three posters have been confirmed ahead of the 2019 OptaPro Forum.

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Putting a value on passes

Garry Gelade (@GarryGelade) considers how a player’s passing performance can be evaluated using a Pass Reward model, based on the start and end location of passes.

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Game of throw-ins

Eliot McKinley (@etmckinley) from American Soccer Analysis applies a number of throw-in models to analyse possession retention.

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Impact of analytics at Houston Rockets

In this podcast, Head Coach Mike D'Antoni explains how he has used numbers from the team’s analytics department to back-up key decisions relating to changes in playing style.

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Analysis and scouting at Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby’s lead performance analyst Gavin Vaughan provides an insight into opposition analysis, scouting for eligible players and the potential benefits of VR in aiding match preparation.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the best defensive team too

Adam Bate’s latest article on SkySports.com applies Opta data and advanced metrics to provide a detailed analysis of Manchester City's proactive defensive approach.

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Rethinking shots: generation and conversion

Marek Kwiatkowski (@statlurker) presents a model exploring how certain factors such as home-field advantage and game-state can impact a team’s shot generation and conversion.

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Learning from Google and the RAF

As part of their FA technical director course, nine senior football figures have been obtaining different insights on management techniques from leaders in other industries.

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Eibar’s ferocious defence and Atletico’s lost identity

Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) applies a host of defensive metrics to analyse the performances of team across Europe. This article draws on this work to focus on Eibar.

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Insights from Atlanta United

Atlanta’s Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis, Lucy Rushton, talks about her role at the Eastern Conference leaders.

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OptaPro to support Eredivisie clubs this season

A collective deal with the Eredivisie sees OptaPro support all 18 clubs to inform and enhance their performance analysis work over the coming season.

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