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NEWS: #OptaProSoccer returns in 2019

#OptaProSoccer, OptaPro’s focused North American soccer analytics conference, returns in 2019, taking place in Chicago on January 9th. 

The invitation-only eventshowcases innovative applications of analytics relevant to this unique soccer landscape. The 2018 event saw over 60 people from across the industry in attendance. 

Already confirmed to present is U.S. Soccer, where Tyler Heaps (Manager of Analytics and Research) and Joris Bekkers (Data Scientist) will share insight on quantifying player development and discussing the impact of analytics in relation to the federation’s player pathway strategy. 

In sports analytics conferences around the world, a key area of discussion often centres on data visualisation. How can sophisticated, detailed analysis be presented and conveyed – concisely – to an audience that extends beyond those producing the analysis?  

TruMedia Networks’ Paul Carr will deliver a session focusing on this area of analysis, providing applied examples, context and discussion to enhance and inform this process for clubs. 

American Soccer Analysis – a leading group in the soccer analytics community – will also return to #OptaProSoccer, building on their work first conceived at the inaugural U.S. Soccer hackathon, which took place back in July.  The presentation will focus on player decision-making in the final third, focusing on Major League Soccer teams and players. 

In addition, Ben Mackriell (Head of OptaPro) and Tom Worville (Data Scientist) will deliver a session underpinned by the Opta possessions and sequences framework. Focusing on quantifying playing styles, this presentation will apply this analysis to recent case studies across various competitions in North American soccer. 

Also building on hackathon work, Jeremy Betz and Andrew Puopolo will share an analysis and strategy (poster presentation) around how international slots should be allocated across MLS teams. 


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Posted by Ryan Bahia at 00:00


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