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July 29, 2019

StatsBomb Calls For Research Proposals For Its Inaugural Innovation In Football Conference

By James Yorke
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After the Messi Data Biography and the Women’s World Cup, StatsBomb is now offering another chance in 2019 to work with our exclusive data. If you want to present your work to clubs, federations and other industry professionals, this is your chance.

StatsBomb’s first ever conference will be held at Stamford Bridge stadium on Friday October 11th 2019. There will be multiple panels with high-level football professionals, a live StatsBomb podcast and presentations by some of the best sports analysts around. StatsBomb has always had a close connection to the wider analytics community and it’s important to us that this group of people is represented at this conference. For this reason, we are inviting you to send us your research proposals. The best submissions will be offered the chance to write a paper using exclusive StatsBomb data and present it to an audience of industry professionals.

The StatsBomb dataset has multiple features that are primed for investigation. Pass footedness, our unique pressure events, attacker and defender locations on all shots are just three such areas that make StatsBomb Data stand out from the crowd. We will be happy to take submissions involving these added elements but encourage creative and original ideas around any aspect of the dataset.

Available data

The research competition gives everyone the unique opportunity to work with the most comprehensive event data set in football.

Participants will be given access to:

– Their choice of two seasons from 2017-18 and 2018-19 of English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, English League 1 or Ligue 1.

OR

One season (2018-19) of the top five leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France)

Submissions based on the publically available StatsBomb Data (2018 World Cup, 2019 Women’s World Cup, Messi Data Biography and  2018-19 FAWSL) are also welcome.

Proposal details

The proposal will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality: StatsBomb have the richest event data in the world and we’re looking for innovative approaches to analyzing it.
  • Application: Can your work be used to help clubs make better decisions or be the basis for future research?
  • Feasibility: Is your proposal a realistic one for the given timeframe?

Both foundational and applied research is welcome. We are dedicated to providing a platform for the most innovative research in football analytics, whether that means theoretical or practical work. For example, papers on how best to use StatsBomb data in opposition analysis would be appreciated.

  1. Title
  2. Summary (max 500.) What are you researching? Why do you think this is an interesting question? What is your expected outcome?
  3. What organization do you work for?
  4. What is your experience in football?
  5. What is your experience with data analysis?
  6. What experience do you have presenting?

Proposals should be sent to conference@statsbomb.com

Only one proposal per person.

The deadline for submissions is 21th August 2019.

Candidates will be informed at the latest by the 24th August whether or not their proposal has been accepted.

The deadline for submission of the final papers is 30th September ahead of the event on 11th October.

Proposal review

The proposals will be judged by the analysis department of StatsBomb, led by Head of Analysis James Yorke.

Assistance to everyone who is chosen to present his or her paper will also be available.

Article by James Yorke