Who we are.

Meet the team

StatsBomb is a UK-based company with a global team of dedicated and experienced professionals based in Europe, Egypt and the US. We are leaders in the football analytics field and genuinely love what we do.

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CEO and Co-founder

Ted Knutson

Ted worked as Head of Player Analytics for Brentford and Midtjylland, and has consulted for multiple Champions League football clubs. His areas of expertise include recruitment, data visualization, and set piece design. A founder of StatsBomb.com, he has also appeared on Sky, been published by The Guardian and Daily Mirror, and is often consulted as an expert in the application of stats and analytics to football.

When he is not working on football, Ted is usually playing football with his son or cooking for the family. A founder of StatsBomb.com, he has also appeared on Sky, been published by The Guardian and Daily Mirror, and is often consulted as an expert in the application of stats and analytics to football. When he is not working on football, Ted is usually playing football with his son or cooking for the family

COO and Co-founder

Charlotte Randall

Charlotte has extensive experience in Project Management, Marketing, UX, Sales, Product Development & Business Finance and has worked in organisations ranging from start-up to multi-national. Charlotte has managed the product development of new apps & analytics platforms in Education Technology, new global e-commerce platforms in Retail and hundreds of UX improvement projects. Charlotte spends most of her spare time with her three children but also loves a fitness challenge and often takes part in obstacle course races, half marathons and various other events to raise money for charity


Thom Lawrence

Thom is an experienced software engineer. He previously worked on the real-time big data needs of the aviation and telco industries, before founding his own natural language processing startup. In 2015 he started writing about football analytics on his blog, Deep xG, gaining notoriety for his work on the PATCH defensive metric and various brightly-coloured polygons. He has since consulted for clubs in hipster leagues you probably haven’t even heard of. His research interests are in new approaches to defensive data, and the application of deep learning to ever more complex football data. Thom is based in Sheffield


Shergul Arshad

Shergul has held senior roles in sales, digital strategy, business development, corporate development, loyalty marketing, affiliate marketing and eCommerce for numerous sports, gaming, entertainment, eCommerce and technology companies.  Most recently, Shergul was Director of Corporate Development at DraftKings, CEO & Founder of Mondogoal, and Head of Digital at AS Roma.  Previously Shergul was at Time Warner, eBay, Amazon, StyleFeeder, Sports Loyalty Systems and FairMarket.  Shergul hails from Florence, Italy, lives in London, UK, and studied at Harvard University with an MBA from Michigan

Senior Software Engineer

Nathaniel James

Nat is a software engineer who has built a lot of websites and databases. He’s designed handheld and web based applications for inspecting and managing fleets of vehicles, for conducting demand forecasting analysis and for visualising a windstorm’s effect on an insurance portfolio. He likes trying to make information other people will find useful both accessible and visually interesting. When he isn’t sat in front of a keyboard, Nat probably either has a pen in his hand, or a rock climbing hold. He has not yet managed both at the same time


Simon Banoub

Simon is an experienced sports data marketer, having spent over 15 years working in the industry. His role at StatsBomb is to lead the marketing function, helping to develop and craft the StatsBomb brand as the company grows its profile around the world. He works closely with the product and sales teams to ensure that clients, prospects, and the wider market understand the unique benefits of StatsBomb’s data and associated product set. Simon is a Middlesbrough FC fan and outside of work enjoys video gaming and scuba diving. Simon is a runner and every Saturday can be found at a parkrun somewhere near his house in Leeds

Head of Data Product

Ali Elfakharany

A life-long techie and sports geek, Ali co-founded ArqamFC in 2017 with the aim of becoming the world’s leading sports data company. Prior to working in football, Ali was on the investment team at BECO Capital, a leading MENA based venture capital firm. His role there was to help source and assess startups for investment opportunity as well as help with all things strategy, finance and data analysis. His love for data, problem-solving and new technologies leads to him spending most of his time outside of football learning about new technology start-ups

Head of Data Operations

Hesham Abozekry

Graduating with a BS in Architecture from Ain Shams university, Hesham has nearly a decade-long experience managing construction and architectural conservation projects prior to founding ArqamFC. He has vast experience in digital content creation working at ArqamFC, Juventus official Arabic website and social media. Hesham also holds the PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and he’s a SMWW certified football scout

Director of Soccer

James Yorke

James has been involved with StatsBomb since 2014, first as a writer and then as Managing Editor between 2015 and 2018. In his current role, he oversees StatsBomb’s football operations and adds analytical and sport-specific context to the StatsBomb IQ and IQ Live products. James enjoys most sports in his free time, at least from a non-participation angle, and is content with his semi-rural existence

Director of Basketball

Seth Partnow

Seth joined us on the cusp of StatsBomb launching a data product for the American football market at NCAA and NFL levels. He has extensive experience using data within elite US sports organisations, having served with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from 2016 to 2019. He is also the author of a book about the evolution of basketball analytics called The Midrange Theory and writes regularly for The Athletic

Research Competition Winners

The Harris Suite featured a variety of hand-picked presenters giving attendees an exclusive window into the current state of play surrounding innovative research in football analytics.

The nature of the papers covered a variety of topics, including driving goalkeeper decisions, identifying high pressing styles and penetrative passes. These talks contained the first sets of publicly-available research performed on StatsBomb 360 data.

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StatsBomb acquired ArqamFC, our highly experienced data collection team based in Cairo, in 2019. Arqam bring technology, dedication and are committed to a shared vision with StatsBomb for the best football data.

The Arqam team is 100 strong including software engineers, data collectors, quality control engineers and digital media and content providers – led by the fantastic leadership team.

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