These are the show notes for Episode #9 of the Soccermetrics Podcast, with guests Simon Farrant and Devin Pleuler of OptaPro. This interview was recorded on 7 February 2014 from Opta Sports headquarters in central London.
I was in London to attend the first OptaPro Analytics Forum, which brought together football analytics researchers who made use of Opta match data and representatives of football clubs (mostly from the Premier League and Football League Championship) who purchase data from the company. On the following day the invited presenters and attendees visited Opta HQ for an open session, which presented an opportunity to interview Simon and Devin. It’s a brief interview compared to all of the others, but I think it will be of interest to those who interact with Opta. We discussed the following:
- The motivation for the Analytics Forum
- The process for selecting final presentations
- The main themes coming out of the conference
Web links to relevant resources referenced during our conversation:
- Opta Sports Pro (OptaPro) website
- OptaPro on Twitter
- Devin Pleuler on Twitter
- Simon Farrant on Twitter
As always, we welcome your feedback on the episode, whether on content or technical matters. You can make your feedback in the comments section (recommended for content-related discussions) or by emailing [email protected] (recommended for technical issues).