Soccer Analytics Panel – MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2015 #SSAC15

I havent posted anything on this blog in more than 2 years. Life has been hectic both professionally and personally ever since I took the Sounders job.

In February I was invited to be on the Soccer panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference #SSAC15. It was a great experience to be a part of the panel. Not only that it is a recognition of some of the work we have been doing at the Seattle Sounders but also because attending this conference in 2012 (thanks to @onfooty for encouraging me to go) was one of the origins and catalysts of my career switch. This back-story made it even more special to be on the #SSAC15 soccer panel.

SSAC have uploaded the video of the panel. Posting the video to this blog represents a small “coming full-circle” moment for this blog and for me personally.

I hope you enjoy it and looking forward to hear your thoughts and feedback.

Details of the panel and members 

Watch the full video of the panel

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  1. Gaku Morita

     /  April 7, 2015

    I’m Gaku Morita from Japan. I related to Japanese soccer team which will install SAP technology.

    Thank you for sharing great conference video.

    I have question about soccer data.
    What do you think about biggest factor that decided “win” or “lose”?

    I think “Running distance” is biggest factor for it.
    Because, 57.4% is running distance winner in 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    Furthermore, 67.1% is running distance winner in 2014/15 UEFA Champions league group stage. From my own analysis. (I can send data If you want to know more detail.)

    If you can inform your opinion please let me know.
    Just I want to deepen my understanding about relation between “Soccer” and “Data” before install SAP technology.

    Best regards.
    Gaku Morita.

  2. Ravi Ramineni

     /  April 10, 2015

    Hi Gaku

    In my experience. the relation between running distance & results is not that simple. Email me at this dot gmail dot com if you wantt to discuss further


    • Gaku Morita

       /  April 13, 2015

      Hello Ravi

      Thank you for your response.
      Could you send E-mail for me?

      I want to discuss further more but I couldn’t send E-mail for you.(I don’t know reason why)

      Best regards,
      Gaku Morita.


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