OptaPro Analytics Forum Hosted by Birkbeck Sport Business Centre.

The Birkbeck Sport Business Centre hosted the OptaPro Analytics Forum on the 6th February 2014 in the Deller Hall in Senate House, University of London.  This was done as part of the Centre’s mission to provide a forum for informed debate on emerging areas of best practice in sport management, of which the field of player performance analytics is one. The event was chaired by Opta’s Simon Farrant.

The event agenda featured a series of presentations from bloggers and analysts from the web-based analytics’ community which demonstrated how mathematical and statistical analysis can be utilised to enhance understanding of football player performance. The technical competence demonstrated in the presentations was extremely impressive. This was complemented by a highly insightful presentation by Pedro Marques, 1st Team Analyst at Manchester City, who demonstrated how quite complex statistical analysis can be translated into straightforward messages that coaches can convey to players in order to achieve marginal advantage.

Opta are releasing more detailed commentary on the day’s presentations.

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