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A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web.

NEWS: 2019 #OptaProForum presentations announced. Line-up. optasportspro.com/about/optapro-… https://t.co/emkTRCa5Dk 2 hours ago

Following @ATLUTD’s #MLSCup victory, the OptaPro MLS regular season review is now available to view. The analysis… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 10 Dec

JOB: The deadline to apply for the Head of Football position at OptaPro is 10th December. Leaping. optasportspro.com/about/optapro-… 6 Dec

Today sees OptaPro present at #TalentID2018, discussing how data can inform and enhance how we evaluate young playe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 30 Nov

12 - There are 12 days until the application deadline for the OptaPro Head of Football position. Reminder. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 29 Nov

12.6 - N'Golo Kanté is having 12.6 fewer touches (per 90) in his own half this season compared with 2017/18. Touchl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 29 Nov

Analysing retention from throw-ins - @etmckinley from @AnalysisEvolved applies various analytical models to inform… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 28 Nov

NEWS: #OptaProSoccer to return in 2019. The second OptaPro analytics conference in North America takes place in Chi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 27 Nov

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An examination of corner kick strategies in European leagues

Alex Rathke provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum poster, which is an in-depth analysis of corner kicks across major European leagues.

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Is Tony Pulis' so-called Pulisball the most effective way for West Brom?

Adam Bate from SkySports analyses Tony Pulis' effectiveness at West Brom using Neil Charles' OptaPro Forum presentation.

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Identifying and assessing team-level strategies: 2017 OptaPro Forum Presentation

Will Gürpinar-Morgan provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation, in which some key findings are discussed.

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Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas

In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing.

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A mathematical approach to evaluating footballers

Martin Eastwood (@penaltyblog) provides a written version of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation from February 2016.

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OptaPro Forum 2016: Find me a player like Andres Iniesta, Part 2

Neil Charles, a presenter at the OptaPro Analytics Forum 2016, provides a write-up of his experience at the event, and explains his poster presentation in detail.

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Game state and shooting rates

Garry Gelade develops his OptaPro Analytics Forum research with further analysis on game state and shooting rates, this time exploring the additional influence of time.

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