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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 1 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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Under pressure

Writing for StatsBomb, Will Gürpinar-Morgan applies a pass probability model to assess the difficulty in completing a pass and compares this to passing outcomes at team level.

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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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Passing and game state

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward assesses the impact of game state on how a team passes and progresses the ball.

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Chewing on the Champions League

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) analyses deep completions and passing patterns in this season’s Champions League.

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Converting dangerous passes into shots

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) analyses how frequently teams generate shots from passes into dangerous areas.

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Better to be direct or retain possession in the Championship?

Dave Willoughby statistically compares passing styles in the Premier League and Championship.

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Premier League pass masters

Will Gurpinar-Morgan devises a metric to help identify the Premier League’s most dangerous passers.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Network Analysis at the 2014 Hockey World Cup

Sofwan Naim takes a Social Network Analysis (SNA) approach to understanding Australia's passing patterns at the 2014 Hockey World Cup.

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Consistency the key for last season's pass master Ozil

Detailed Opta stats show Arsenal playmaker the most productive passer in the 2013/14 campaign

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Central Winger: How to measure a player's influence through touches

An article by Devin Pleuler analysing the correlation between a players position on the pitch and their influence on the game.

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