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NEWS: Angus McNab to feature on MIT Sloan Analytics Conference soccer panel

Angus McNab, Head of Content Distribution for North America, joins Ravi Ramineni (Performance Analyst, Seattle Sounders), Michael Niemeyer (Head of Match Analysis, Bayern Munich) and Chris Anderson (author, The Numbers Game) on a four-person panel at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, taking place on Friday 27th February in Boston, USA.

With the growing influence of advanced analysis in soccer in both Europe and the USA, this panel session, entitled: Three at the back: accelerating the pace of soccer analytics, offers a welcomed opportunity for leading experts to address some of the more prevalent issues surrounding analytics, including the development of innovative resources to support recruitment and on-field analysis.

Since joining Opta in 2010, Angus has gone on to lead the organisation's activities in North America, which includes a partnership with MLS alongside working with many of the league's clubs.

Fellow panellist Ravi Ramineni is a first-hand of example of the growing influence of advanced analytics, and how it can play a role within a professional club environment. Enjoying a successful career with Microsoft, Ravi combined this with his interest and expertise in soccer analytics through his blog (Ravi also contributed to the OptaPro blog). Ravi has since made the career change and is now in his third season with Seattle Sounders as the club's Performance Analyst.

Michael Niemeyer is responsible for the quantitative and qualitative analysis at FC Bayern Munich and is also a member of the working group on performance data for the German Football Association (DFB).  Alongside these roles, Michael partners with TU Munich to conduct research and implement new analytical methods based on scientific knowledge.

Chris Anderson, co-author of The Numbers Game – a book that has played a significant role in bringing analytics to a mainstream audience – is one of the leading figures in analytical research. With a background in consultancy and academia, Chris was also a member of the judging panel at the recent OptaPro Analytics Forum.

At a time when analytics is receiving more publicity in mainstream media, this panel session will continue to drive forward the debate and discussion surrounding across advanced analysis within soccer.


Time: Friday, February 27 11:40 AM – 12:40 PM
Location: Panel Room C (Room 253)


Following the panel discussion, Angus will also host a brief showcase on Opta's data collection and our relationship with ESPN. This will take place at the ESPN stand at 17:00.


If you’d like to arrange a meeting with Angus McNab at the event, please email 

To find out more about the event, please visit the Sloan Analytics Conference website.

Posted by Ryan Bahia at 00:00


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