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The deadline for #OptaProForum submissions is tonight (midnight). bit.ly/2gQroTi. Reminder. 16 Oct

The dealine for the #OptaProForum is tomorrow at midnight. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Countdown. 15 Oct

There are just 3 days until the proposals deadline for the 2018 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2gQroTi . Imminent twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 13 Oct

With submission deadline approaching, we look back to Dennis Lock's guest talk from #OptaProForum2017. Dolphins. youtube.com/watch?v=xgSsI5… 10 Oct

The #OptaProForum submission deadline is in 7 days. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Rendezvous. 9 Oct

OptaPro have partnered with @FIGC to help deliver the first Hackathon in Italian football. bit.ly/2xWMdDt. Insight. 6 Oct

With the proposals deadline imminent, we look back to @DeanO_Lytics talk from #OptaProForum2016. Throwback. youtube.com/watch?v=qWp1TY… 5 Oct

With two weeks until the proposals deadline, this article looks at whats new for #OptaProForum2018. bit.ly/2j5JEsE. Upgrade. 2 Oct

.@Squared2020 shows how a simple & insightful metric can be built to run live using tracking data. bit.ly/2fB6yHs. Process. 29 Sep

With just over 2 weeks until submission deadline OptaPro's latest blog interviews Forum judge @jmyrharkins. bit.ly/2k7QD4M. Expert. 28 Sep

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Great Lakes Analytics in Sport Conference – Devin Pleuler, Toronto FC

Ahead of the Great Lakes Analytics in Sport Conference (on 13th July), Scott Tappa speaks with event speaker and Manager of Analytics at Toronto FC, Devin Pleuler.

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Did Manchester City just run out of luck?

At the time of writing, Manchester City have turned a two point lead at the summit of the EPL into an eight point deficit in the space of a month. There have been many theories from various commentators that speculate how this occurred, many of which focus on perceived off-field problems. However, Chris Anderson (on his brilliant Soccer By The Numbers blog) uses data to argue that, unfortunately for City, their luck simply changed.

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Quantifying passing ability

Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) introduces and discusses a more considered approach to evaluate passing ability.

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Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball

Created by Vox, this film focuses on well certain sports measure skill. In other words, how confident can we be that outcomes in a sport reflect true differences in skill?

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New way of visualising the beautiful game

MLS.com's Central Winger article has developed a new way of displaying Opta passing data. Devin Pleuler has analysed passing trends from a selected MLS game last weekend to demonstrate a new way of showing how the two teams performed.

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Where will T20 cricket go next?

Writing for ESPN Cricinfo, Jarrod Kimber discusses the increasing influence of data across T20 cricket – and by extension, in international cricket.

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