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NEWS: The OptaPro Analytics Forum - Presenter line-up announced

After an extensive judging process, we’re now in a position to announce the presenter line-up for the inaugural OptaPro Analytics Forum.

All entries were judged anonymously by Liverpool FC Director of Research Ian Graham, 21st Club CEO Blake Wooster, Chris Anderson - Co-Author of The Numbers Game, and OptaPro Advanced Data Analysts Sam Green and Devin Pleuler, and the standard of submission was very high.

Over 50 people submitted detailed, eligible abstracts, and the judges would have been happy to select the vast majority to present. As it is, to ensure each presenter has sufficient time to present their work, the judges have been able to select just 9 to present in front of an invited audience of club and international team analysts, key analytical bloggers and influential academics.

The selected line-up, in no particular order, is as follows:

- Classifying Central Midfielders – Marek Kwiatkowski

- Can we measure how much more teams leave themselves open at the back when chasing down a lead, and which teams tend to ‘shell’ when they go a goal up? – Ben Woolcock

- Similarity Scores using Opta data – Jonathan Gruhl

- Quantitative analysis of football players’ pre- and post-pass movements – Laszlo Gyarmati, Hawoon Kwak and Pablo Rodriguez

- Developing a new method to support football teams – Pedro Marques, Daniel Baiao and Richard Duarte

- Please stop applauding diagonal cross-field passes – Colm McMullan

- Assessing player performance and tactics using a multi-agent football simulation engine - Martin Eastwood, Daniel Edwards and David Hastie

- If you don’t buy a ticket, can you still win the raffle? – Oliver Page

- Determine the attacking option with the greatest Expected Value for a player receiving a pass 25-35 yards from goal – Colin Trainor

Due to the venue size, we have had to limit attendance to invited attendees only. However, don’t worry about missing out: we’re planning on filming some of the presentations and release the footage after the event, so keep an eye on the OptaPro site to see these.

If you have any questions, please email

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