11 episodes

The Soccermetrics Podcast is an information and interview series
with leading figures in the soccer analytics world. Soccer analytics are
the primary focus, but we have conversations about the business side of
football as well as analytics developments in related sports.

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The Soccermetrics Podcast is an information and interview series
with leading figures in the soccer analytics world. Soccer analytics are
the primary focus, but we have conversations about the business side of
football as well as analytics developments in related sports.

    Episode #11: Jonathan Gruhl

    Episode #11: Jonathan Gruhl

    Jonathan Gruhl is a data scientist at a major technology company with extensive experience
    in applying quantitative knowledge to fields such as management, finance, and sports. He presented
    research at the OptaPro Analytics Forum on developing similarity scores in football using match event
    data. We discussed his work, go over some of the surprising and not so surprising results, and muse on
    what makes player similarity studies so challenging in soccer.

    • 50 min
    Episode #10: Oliver Page

    Episode #10: Oliver Page

    Oliver Page is a sports trader with experience at a number of firms in the United Kingdom
    and interests in applying academic research and mathematical concepts to sports statistics and betting.
    He presented research at the OptaPro Analytics Forum on shotmaking strategies and expected goals in
    football. We discussed his work and the challenges of presenting probabilistic information to the rest of
    the football industry.

    • 46 min
    Episode #9: Simon Farrant and Devin Pleuler (OptaPro Analytics Forum)

    Episode #9: Simon Farrant and Devin Pleuler (OptaPro Analytics Forum)

    Simon Farrant and Devin Pleuler are with OptaPro, the professional services arm of
    Opta Sports. In this episode (recorded at Opta's headquarters in London), we discuss the recently
    concluded OptaPro Analytics Forum and a few of the highlights from that conference.

    • 20 min
    Episode #8: Zach Slaton (Best/Worst of 2013)

    Episode #8: Zach Slaton (Best/Worst of 2013)

    Zach Slaton is the proprietor of the soccer analytics blog A Beautiful Numbers
    Game and a columnist at Forbes.com. In this episode, we discuss our respective lists
    of the major stories in football analytics during 2013, such as Opta's acquisition by
    PERFORM Media, the release of The Numbers Game and The Nowhere Men, the fallout from
    the Soccer Analytics panel at SSAC, the acceptance of randomness in football, and more.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode #7: 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals Draw

    Episode #7: 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals Draw

    This episode of the Soccermetrics Podcast was a live Google Hangout On Air to
    discuss the 2014 World Cup Final Draw that was conducted earlier in the day (6 December).
    Axel Torres (MARCA and GOL TV), Bobby McMahon (Forbes and formerly FOX Soccer), and
    Albert Larcada (ESPN Stats and Info) joined Howard Hamilton to give overall impressions
    of the draw and provide initial assessments of the final eight groups.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode #6: Geir Jordet

    Episode #6: Geir Jordet

    Dr Geir Jordet is a professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences,
    the head of the Psychology division of the Norwegian Center of Football Excellence, and
    a sports psychology consultant to professional football clubs and national teams. In
    this episode, we discuss the role of the Centre in Norway's football development, the
    factors that influence expert performance in football, and the factors that influence
    performance in high-pressure scenarios, such as penalty kick shootouts.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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