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NEWS: OptaPro Forum speakers announced

After a thorough judging process, six speakers have been selected to present at the 2016 OptaPro Analytics Forum, taking place on 10th February in central London.

Now in its third year, the OptaPro Analytics Forum offers a unique platform for some of the most talented amateur analysts, bloggers and academics working with football data to share their research with those working within the professional game, offering theories that can be applied and used by clubs in their own day-to-day analysis.

The invite-only event will be attended by over 150 delegates, many of whom are currently working within leading clubs and federations from across the globe.


OptaPro Analytics Forum speakers


A mathematical model for evaluating footballers

Martin Eastwood describes and explains his player attribute model that can be applied to directly compare and evaluate players from a range of leagues and teams.

An extra year of Kindergarten

Joel Salamon determines whether players who begin their first team careers earlier display different characteristics to those who make their debuts later in life.

The element of surprise in attacks

Sam Gregory explores whether a varied attack is likely to be more successful than a one-dimensional approach.

Not just a shot-stopper: assessing the penalty box prowess of goalkeepers

Sam Jackson evaluates goalkeeping performance in relation to dealing with crosses coming into the penalty area.

Space: the final footballing frontier

Simon Butler combines Opta data and TRACAB data to analyse teams' collective use of space in key areas of the pitch.

Player tracking and tactical possession evaluation

William Spearman discusses a new pitch control metric developed using Opta data and TRACAB data that identifies overall team positioning shape.


As well as the six presentations, four poster presentations have also been confirmed.


OptaPro Analytics Forum posters


Qualifying the pitch effect on dimensions of play

Danny Page explores the influence of pitch dimensions in MLS and their influence on tactics and playing style.

The 10 second tactical map

David Sumpter provides a series of tactical visualisations

Hierarchical clustering for player recruitment

Neil Charles uses hierarchical clustering for an interactive player recruitment poster

Actionable network models of football teams

Santiago Gallino's network model unveils the stronger and weaker links within a team's possession



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