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From 2017, @Worville produced an in-depth analysis of Napoli, then managed by Maurizio Sarri. Style. optasportspro.com/about/optapro-… 5 hours ago

NEWS: OptaPro to support @BirkbeckBEI with football analytics module on the Sport Management and the Business of Fo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 20 Jul

BLOG: With @J_League resuming following the World Cup, OptaPro takes a closer look at the key standout performers s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 18 Jul

‘The state of soccer technology and innovation’ – this insightful @SportTechie series with a range of practitioners… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 17 Jul

#ThreeAtTheBack - The OptaPro podcast explores how analysts at international federations approach major tournaments… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 11 Jul

NEWS: OptaPro is attending @simai2018 in Rome today, delivering a presentation on the application of data models &… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 4 Jul

BLOG: Ahead of tonight’s T20 international, OptaPro have looked into the potential tactics which could influence th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 Jul

This @SportTechie article discusses how access to technology and data in the dugout may influence decision-making a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 Jul

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WWC BLOG: Abby Wambach & the USWNT's long-ball problem

Originally posted on MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler analyses the USWNT's style of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 00:00

BLOG: Assessing the use of game state in predictive models

The data shows that whether a team is winning or losing affects the shots they take, but should game state be included in predictive models?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 13:00

BLOG: Throwing the Kitchen Sink. Efficiency of Half-Time substitutions.

How effective are half-time substitutions?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:32

BLOG: On the topic of Expected Goals and the repeatability of finishing skill

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the soccer analytics community around Expected Goals and it's repeatability. Public research in this area has perhaps been the most exciting development the community has had in recent times and in this post we attempt to summarize the crux of the arguments being made and provide an alternative direction to previous research.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 10:49

BLOG: Augmenting free-kick data for more meaningful results

Why free-kick success doesn't tell the whole story: avoiding the pitfalls of a small sample size.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:36