Finalists in Research Paper Competition – MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
February 22, 2017
A research paper submitted by Joris Bekkers and Dr. Shaunak Dabadghao has been selected in to the finals of the Research Paper Competition at the 2017 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC). The MIT SSAC is the leading conference for industry professionals, researchers and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry. The conference is scheduled on the 3rd and 4th of March, 2017. Visit http://www.sloansportsconference.com/ for more information.
After two elimination rounds, the paper titled “Flow Motifs in Soccer: What can passing behavior tell us?” has entered the finals of this annual competition. The authors analyze passes made in 8000+ matches from the 6 big European leagues – with 3500+ unique players and 155 unique teams. Patterns in passing (motifs) can be used for scouting players and coaches, planning offensive and defensive strategies and understanding styles of teams. By combining with expected goals models, these motifs can help identify better scoring opportunities and/or better defensive strategies.