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NEWS: OptaPro Forum presentations announced

After a rigorous process that saw over 70 proposals anonymously assessed by the judging panel comprising Ian Graham, Sam Green, Devin Pleuler, Rory Campbell and Johannes Harkins, six submissions have been selected to be presented at this year’s OptaPro Analytics Forum along with a further five that will be displayed as interactive posters.

The event will take place on 8th February in central London.



David Perdomo Meza: Football networks motifs, a convincing quantification of team and player styles and actions

David will provide an in-depth analysis exploring passing networks and sub-networks.

Garry Gelade: Using conditional inference trees to identify successful crosses

Garry’s study will identify the most effective (and ineffective) types of cross, while also considering location as well as subsequent events beyond the initial cross.

Joe Mulberry: The take-on signature

Using tracking data alongside event data, Joe’s analysis will look to help coaches, analysts and recruitment staff better evaluate and assess quality in 1 Vs 1 situations.

Neil Charles: Shoot! Optimising the location of attempts on goal

Underpinned by Expected Goals, Neil's presentation will focus on this metric's application, defining an optimal shooting zone for a particular team in a particular game.

Will Gürpınar-Morgan: Identifying and assessing team level strategies

Will proposes to explore teams’ different tactical approaches by separating passages into chains of possession.

William Spearman: Physics-based modelling of pass probabilities in football

Using tracking data alongside event data, William will present a physics-based model that can assess the likelihood of a pass being completed, allowing clubs to better evaluate passing skill.



Alex Rathke: Examination of corner kick strategies in European leagues

Alex’s interactive poster presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of corner kicks (and subsequent events) across major European leagues.

Ben Torvaney: Lost in translation: relating player output across leagues

Ben will look to develop an ‘exchange rate’ across different leagues to support clubs in decision-making in the transfer market. Ben will focus on the English Premier League and Championship, La Liga and the Eredivisie. 

Bobby Gardiner and Joel Salamon: Are tactics ‘sticky’?

The two analysts will work together to explore and assess tactical trends and their repeatability, comparing attacking and defensive metrics across the Premier League and Bundesliga.

Constantinos Chappas: Are you sure about this?

Constantinos will explore repeatability across certain metrics at player level, aiming to enhance the way in which players are statistically evaluated.

Martin Eastwood: Analysing players’ decisions in and around the penalty box

Martin will work with event and tracking data to measure and quantify attacking players’ decision-making skills in dangerous areas of the pitch.

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