Prozone to sponsor soccer analytics panel at 2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
We’re proud to be sponsoring the soccer analytics panel at this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.
Soccer is undergoing a silent revolution due to the ever-increasing use of analytics in the game. Analytics are helping players to become better athletes, managers to win more games, and owners to cut better deals. But how has it all happened?
Taking place at 1pm on Saturday 2nd March, the discussion will build on last year's panel by going deeper into the strategies and the analytical tools used on the field, in the locker room, and in the GM’s office.
This year’s panellists are:
A former semi-professional goalkeeper, today Chris Anderson is a professor at Cornell University where he teaches political economy and political sociology. Consulting with professional clubs about analytics, Anderson’s work regularly appears in high-profile soccer publications. His book on soccer analytics, The Numbers Game, has been described as “a Moneyball meets Freakonomics” for soccer.
A five-time MLS Cup Champion and National Soccer Hall of Famer, Jeff Agoos currently serves as Technical Director of MLS. A key figure in the organisation, Agoos is responsible for the planning and implementation of on and off-field competition strategies. By analysing the style and level of play within MLS, Agoos oversees an annual League-wide technical assessment and helps formulate strategies and initiatives to continue raising the league’s standard.
One of football’s foremost experts in the areas of performance analysis, talent identification, player development and recruitment, Blake Wooster currently serves as the Business Development Director of Prozone. A consultant and trusted advisor to a number of leading organisations including Chelsea FC, UEFA, FIFA and the English Premier League, Wooster holds the highest industry accreditation in performance analysis and is leading Prozone’s work in the field of advanced analytics.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Statistical Computing from the University of Central Florida, Albert Larcada moved to Bristol, Connecticut to join ESPN’s Stats and Information group. After a year in the department, he joined the organisation's newly-formed Production Analytics team. During this time, Larcada helped create ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) and Basketball Power Index (BPI). He also writes extensively on European soccer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.
Running from 1st to 2nd March, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is renowned as one of the most unique and insightful events in the industry. Attracting global experts from a wide range of sporting and scientific backgrounds, we're delighted to be associated with such a prestigious event.
The pioneer in performance analysis, Prozone is committed to delivering analytical insights that go far beyond the traditional measures of performance. Pushing the boundaries of what can be done with performance information, we are helping to drive the evolution of football analytics and change the way we look at football data.