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Science that Wins: 3rd Football Analytics & Talent Identification Live Event

  • 8th – 9th September 2021
  • Zoom flag Zoom
  • ONLINE

Eager to learn about the top trends and strategies in sports science, strength & conditioning, performance, and tactical analysis, talent identification, or scouting?

Join our two-days live session and discover the latest trends and developments in Football Analytics and Talent ID, focusing on the best practices in Data/Performance analysis as well as the best Talents’ development uncovering tools, strategies, and hints.

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About the 3rd Football Analytics & Talent Identification Live Event

Our speakers will cover many topics across our two-days program focused on sports science, strength & conditioning, performance and tactical analysis, as well as on the talent identification and scouting areas.

You will receive a digital Certificate of Attendance after the event!

Who Should Attend

  • Sports Directors
  • Football Directors
  • Academy Directors
  • Recruitment Directors
  • Head Scouts
  • Chief Scouts
  • Area Scouts
  • Scouts
  • Youth Scouts
  • Talent Scouts
  • Sports Scientists
  • Recruitment Analysts
  • Video Analysts
  • Performance Analysts
  • Tactical Analysts
  • Opponent Analysts
  • Academy Analysts
  • Head Coaches
  • Assistant Coaches
  • Performance Coaches
  • Coaches
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Youth Development
  • Physical Development
  • Rehabilitation
  • Injury Prevention
  • Instructors
  • Kinesiologists

From Industries Including

Football, Sport Science, Sport Academies, Universities, Sport Science Software and Hardware

Key Practical Learning Points

  • Successful practices in tactical analysis consultancy services
  • Using new devices for analysis (3D motion, drones, AI) 
  • Pre-, mid-, and post-match analysis 
  • Understanding the club and football fitness   
  • Club vs. National team performance analysis 
  • Methods to extract data from games that can be used in training 
  • Rehabilitation/return-to-play analysis 
  • Squad building & transfer strategy 
  • The different types of data in professional and amateur players 
  • How to get 110% from scouting tools 
  • Psychological phases of youth development 
  • Individual development in youth football 
  • Growth & maturation impact 

 

Dr. Paul Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

About Speaker

René Hake, NL

Head Coach

FC Utrecht

About Speaker

Chris Loxston, CH

FIFA Group Leader Football Performance Analysis & Insights

FIFA Technical Development Division

About Speaker

Jurrit Sanders, NL

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

PSV Eindhoven

About Speaker

Prof. Dr. Werner Helsen, BE

Full Professor / Sport Scientist & Training Expert

KU Leuven / UEFA / FIFA

About Speaker

Lorihanna Shushkova, BG

Tactical Analyst, Consultant

Total Football Analysis

About Speaker

Christian Clarup, DK

Head of Sports Science Department

Midtjylland FC

About Speaker

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Sports Technology, Data Scouting & Analytics

Pisa Sporting Club

About Speaker

Alex Calder, US

Head of Sport Science

Houston Dynamo 

About Speaker

Nadima Skeff, BR

Head Football Coach

América Futebol Clube

About Speaker

Stig Meylemans, BE

Global Operations Lead

Double Pass

About Speaker

Álvaro Ladrón de Guevara García

First Team Scout

Real Betis Balompié

About Speaker

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

About Speaker

Trevor Peterson, US

Youth Development & Foundation Phase Coach

New York Red Bulls

About Speaker

Mathieu Feigean, CH

Performance Analyst

Servette de Geneve

About Speaker

Luciano Cánepa, QA

Leader, Scouting Department

Aspire Academy

About Speaker

Albin Sheqiri, SE

U19 Head Coach

Östersunds FK

About Speaker

Domenico Gangemi, AU

Scout & Academy Manager Australia / Head Women’s Soccer Coach NPL

Atalanta BC / Curtin University FC

About Speaker

Fernando Sousa, FR

Senior Business Developer

FootoVision

About Speaker

Fabio Nevado, ES

Football Analyst

Mediacoach/LaLiga

About Speaker

David Robertson, US

Girls Academy Director

Nationals (Detroit, Michigan)

About Speaker

James Barber, UK

Sales Director UK

SBG a Catapult Company

About Speaker

Vincent North, UAE

Performance Analyst

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club 

About Speaker

Paul Neilson, FR

Director of Performance

SkillCorner

About Speaker

Floris Goes, NL

Lead Data Scientist / PhD Researcher Sport Data Science

SciSports

About Speaker

Maurici López-Felip

Co-founder and CEO

Kognia Sports Intelligence

About Speaker

Dr. Paul Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

Dr Paul Bradley is the author of the unique book ‘Football Decoded’, which was released in 2020. He is currently a Football Science Consultant for elite teams, national governing bodies and technology companies. He typically conducts translational work within an elite football setting that bridges the gap between cutting edge research and professional practice (e.g. not just research for research sake but work that adds value to the applied setting). One area he has pioneered recently is the contextualisation of match and training data and he is currently working with many elite organisations in this regard. He has published >80 papers and has >5000 citations in the science & football area.

René Hake, NL

Head Coach

FC Utrecht

René Hake is a professional football head coach who started his career as a youth coach at FC Emmen (1994-2005) before he left for the FC Twente/Heracles Almelo Football Academy.

In the 2010-11 season, René was appointed as the head coach of FC Emmen. In June 2012 he signed a two-year contract with PEC Zwolle for an assistant coach role under Ron Jans. In June 2015, he became an assistant coach at FC Twente, and after two months he was promoted to the head coach role. In season 2016-17 he helped the team to finish in 7th place in Eredivisie.

In 2019-20, René was the head coach of Jong FC Utrecht. After the departure of John van den Brom, he became the new head coach of FC Utrecht, helping the team to finish in 6th place in Eredivisie 2020-21 season.

Chris Loxston, CH

FIFA Group Leader Football Performance Analysis & Insights

FIFA Technical Development Division

Chris Loxston is the manager of performance and game analysis at FIFA based in Zurich, Switzerland. The recent integration of advanced performance data analytics and video analysis into FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) analysis of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was the first step forward in driving a new approach through supporting expert tournament observations with advanced performance data analytics. FIFA’s TSG is responsible for the observation of all FIFA tournaments, both junior and senior across the men’s and women’s game. This analysis is then used to support and drive coach and player education and development around the world.

Chris started his career in sports performance analysis at the English Institute of Sport, where he supported British teams at the world, European and commonwealth tournaments along with the qualification to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games. Chris then moved to Asia, where he implemented his performance analysis skillset within football working with both domestic and international football teams. Finally, before starting at FIFA in 2018, he supported the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with bespoke data analytics around injury occurrence hurt analysis within Olympic and world amateur boxing.

Jurrit Sanders, NL

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

PSV Eindhoven

Jurrit Sanders currently works as Lead Academy Sport Scientist at PSV Eindhoven, where he started his career in 2015 after several internships in elite sports and gaining his master's degree in Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. His main aim is to support the technical, medical, performance, and scouting staff in making (better) decisions with the help of data, research, and scientific knowledge.

Jurrit has obtained a special interest in growth and maturation and developed PSV's own growth model. In addition, he has worked as a researcher on cognitive skills in football and has developed PSV's own vision and training methods with regard to this topic.

Prof. Dr. Werner Helsen, BE

Full Professor / Sport Scientist & Training Expert

KU Leuven / UEFA / FIFA

Werner Helsen is a professor in the department of movement sciences at KU Leuven. His research interests include expert perception and performance, talent detection and selection (including relative age and late maturity effects), and load monitoring in team sports and association football particularly. As of June 2021, Google Scholar showed 10,571 citations, H-index=51, i10-index=114. His teaching involvements are in the motor control and learning field as well as in the area of performance training in team sports and football in particular. Since 1999, he has played a prominent role in UEFA as a sports scientist and training expert. Since 2015, UEFA has also engaged him in ‘Fitness4Football’ workshops to teach national team coaches how to use GPS-based technology to make players and the game better. He was involved in six UEFA European Championships and three FIFA World Cups. He also has extensive experience in the sport science support of youth academies, professional clubs, and national teams.

Lorihanna Shushkova, BG

Tactical Analyst, Consultant

Total Football Analysis

Lorihanna Shushkova is a tactical analyst/consultant with broad experience in the sports industry. Starting with a degree and a career in sports journalism, she has expanded her knowledge and expertise with a degree in marketing and advertising that has helped her in building a background in the betting industry and in sports data and technology. Moving towards her passion, tactics, she has contributed to developing Total Football Analysis, where she offers her consultancy services for the last three years. She also offers freelance consultancy services as a tactical analyst.

Christian Clarup, DK

Head of Sports Science Department

Midtjylland FC

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Sports Technology, Data Scouting & Analytics

Pisa Sporting Club

Marco Fumagalli is a product of the Royal Belgium Football Association´s finest coaches school. He worked in different roles such as tactical analyst, assistant coach and head of scouting in international clubs such as Galatasaray S.K., FC Internazionale Milano, Valencia CF and Genoa CFC., with particular focus on both data and the tactical aspect of the game.

 

Alex Calder, US

Head of Sport Science

Houston Dynamo 

Alex Calder is the Head of Sports Science with Houston Dynamo, competing in the Major League Soccer (MLS). He is an accredited Level 3-Elite Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), as well as holding accreditations through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Having worked in a variety of sports, he has coached at different levels of competition worldwide for the past decade. He has published several articles in relation to physical preparation and analysis.

Nadima Skeff, BR

Head Football Coach

América Futebol Clube

Nádima Skeff is the head coach at America Mg, competing in the Campeonato Brasileiro Feminino A2. She is certified with level 2 in coaching football with the English Football Association (the FA) and currently pursuing her coaching license with CBF level B in Brazil. With experiences as a high-level player with the Brazil National U20 team and with the Danish league, she also played in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in the USA while obtaining her master’s degree in kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. Her main aim is to collaborate with the growth of women's football, giving support to the players and the club while seeking to promote a higher level of playing and development conditions.

Stig Meylemans, BE

Global Operations Lead

Double Pass

Stig is a Global Operations Lead for Double Pass. He has the UEFA A License as well as MSc. in Sport Science, and PgD in Football Business. He has experience in working with OHLeuven, Belgian Football Federation, SAFF, and UEFA. His work in Double Pass now includes projects with FIFA, Denmark DBU, Russia, Hungary MSLZ, Pakhtakor Tashkent, SC Internacional, UD Almeria, Vissel Kobe, SC Kitchee, and KRC Genk.

Álvaro Ladrón de Guevara García

First Team Scout

Real Betis Balompié

 

Álvaro is a scout with more than 10 years of experience at the professional level, working both for different football clubs and agencies. He has a degree in Journalism. Álvaro has made his first steps with FC Galatasaray, and now he is starting his fourth season with Real Betis Balompié.

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

Luke Theakston is a performance specialist who has worked at the highest level of youth academy football as a performance coach, sport scientist, and a football coach in football clubs across Europe and Asia. He holds a master’s degree in human movement science (VU, Amsterdam), a bachelor’s degree in sport science (University of Surrey), a diploma in football medicine (FIFA), and a UEFA B football coaching license (the FA). He has also presented lectures on high-performance at a number of universities in China. Luke has developed a particular interest and expertise in growth and maturation, periodisation, football fitness and testing. He is currently the Head of Academy Performance at the youth academy of Beijing Guoan FC in the Chinese Super League (CSL).

Trevor Peterson, US

Youth Development & Foundation Phase Coach

New York Red Bulls

Mathieu Feigean, CH

Performance Analyst

Servette de Geneve

Mathieu studied sports and science, gaining a PhD at the University of Bern (2019) with a main focus on the emergence of collective behaviours. Based on individual player interactions, he analysed the global spatiotemporal behaviour of the team in football. After this, he joined the Servette Football Club as a performance analyst. His current position involves analysing the performance of the team according to the philosophy of the club. With the help of event and positional data, he tries to create metrics to give objective feedback to the staff and illustrate with video. He is also responsible for the opponent analysis. 

Luciano Cánepa, QA

Leader, Scouting Department

Aspire Academy

Luciano Cánepa is the leader of the scouting department and the analyst department at Aspire Academy. Currently, he is responsible for the recruitment of players for the Academy, which will later be projected to build up the U16, U19, and U23 Qatar National Teams.

Luciano has been working for the last decade as a first team scout at different clubs throughout Europe, including Manchester United, Benfica, and Lille. His latest achievement was graduating from UCAM with a master’s in sport big data.

Albin Sheqiri, SE

U19 Head Coach

Östersunds FK

Albin is a UEFA A and UEFA Elite Youth A licensed coach and has been coaching for several years. His experiences were not only on senior and elite youth level, but also on the professional level in Sweden with Gothenburg-based team GAIS, where he worked as an assistant coach and video analyst. Today, Albin is working in ex-Europa League club Östersunds FK as the U19 head coach. He finds a lot of joy and excitement in studying the tactical aspects of the game.

Domenico Gangemi, AU

Scout & Academy Manager Australia / Head Women’s Soccer Coach NPL

Atalanta BC / Curtin University FC

 Domenico is an experienced talent scout graduated with a diploma in Sport Psychology. He is a holder of the UEFA A coaching license obtained in the Coverciano Coaching School in Italy. Domenico is currently located in Australia and works for Atalanta BC as a scout for Oceania. He also works as a Head Coach for Curtin University FC in the Women National Premier League of Australia. He is the Director of Worldwide Football Scouting, a company specialised in talent identification and players’ development.

Fernando Sousa, FR

Senior Business Developer

FootoVision

Fernando Sousa is currently collaborating with FootoVision to help this innovative startup reach the Elite Football players. Fernando is establishing the bridge between Federation, Leagues and Elite Clubs by connecting them with our technical stuff to help their transition to this new digital era and gain an edge over their competitors.

Fernando studied Applied Mathematics in Porto and started his career in IT applications business. He worked as an ERP and CRM consultant both in Portugal and Spain. Worked for IBM Spain and Portugal almost a decade and left to create and lead the B2B Division in Samsung Portugal. In 2013, he co-founded and headed Videobserver, a sports video analytics startup, that he left in 2018. He was an invited lecturer regarding Sports Performance Analysis in several Portuguese Universities.

Fabio Nevado, ES

Football Analyst

Mediacoach/LaLiga

PhD in Physical Performance and National Coach UEFA PRO.

Experience as Video Analyst and Fitness Coach in several semiprofessional teams in Spain.

Nowadays, Fabio is involved in providing solutions on game analysis for LaLiga clubs.

David Robertson, US

Girls Academy Director

Nationals (Detroit, Michigan)

David Robertson serves as the Girls Academy Director at Nationals, one of the United States’ best youth academies. Nationals has won seven national championships and produced players at the youth national, collegiate, and professional levels.

David holds the prestigious US Soccer A-Youth License, as well as the selective US Soccer Academy Director License. During this past cycle, he oversaw a program that finished with a national championship, three conference championships, three teams ranked #1 in the United States, and multiple players called into US National Team programming.

James Barber, UK

Sales Director UK

SBG a Catapult Company

Vincent North, UAE

Performance Analyst

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club 

Performance analyst with 15 years' experience working across the UK, Middle East, and USA.

Paul Neilson, FR

Director of Performance

SkillCorner

Paul Neilson is Director of Performance at SkillCorner, a football data and analytics company providing services to teams, federations, and media partners. An experienced football industry professional, Paul also holds non-executive director roles specialising at the intersection of software, data, analysis, and technology.

Originally joining Prozone Sports in 2008, Paul was an integral part of a leadership team that pioneered performance analysis in football, while achieving sustained international growth and profitability. Paul then transitioned to STATS following the acquisition of Prozone before joining Hudl, where he was responsible for football business development and strategy, culminating in the acquisition of Wyscout.

Paul’s experience spans a number of facets of the sports performance industry encompassing elite performance and coaching, applied sports science, data analytics, and technology development. He holds a PhD in sports technology from Loughborough University in the UK.

Floris Goes, NL

Lead Data Scientist / PhD Researcher Sport Data Science

SciSports

Maurici López-Felip

Co-founder and CEO

Kognia Sports Intelligence

Maurici is a behavioral scientist specialized in Ecological Physics and PhD at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

His work combines a rather practice-oriented approach into science and football. While certain aspects of the game are believed to be purely qualitative, his research focuses on formalizing the physical and systemic nature to quantify those principles underlying the game. Our ultimate goal is to push forward a principled theory of the game of soccer from where research inquires, and coaching insights can be guided from a common framework.

Maurici is experienced in research consultant for different soccer clubs and sport science institutions at large. Among others, Futbol Cub Barcelona, AIK Fotboll, the Simulation, Training, Analytics and Rehabilitation (STAR) Heel Performance Laboratory at the University of North Carolina or the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action at UConn.

Co-Founder and CEO of Kognia, a business venture leveraging coaching and scientific insights with technological-based solutions for practitioners, started the last two years.

Dr. Paul Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

René Hake, NL

Head Coach

FC Utrecht

Chris Loxston, CH

FIFA Group Leader Football Performance Analysis & Insights

FIFA Technical Development Division

Jurrit Sanders, NL

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

PSV Eindhoven

Prof. Dr. Werner Helsen, BE

Full Professor / Sport Scientist & Training Expert

KU Leuven / UEFA / FIFA

Lorihanna Shushkova, BG

Tactical Analyst, Consultant

Total Football Analysis

Christian Clarup, DK

Head of Sports Science Department

Midtjylland FC

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Sports Technology, Data Scouting & Analytics

Pisa Sporting Club

Alex Calder, US

Head of Sport Science

Houston Dynamo 

Nadima Skeff, BR

Head Football Coach

América Futebol Clube

Stig Meylemans, BE

Global Operations Lead

Double Pass

Álvaro Ladrón de Guevara García

First Team Scout

Real Betis Balompié

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

Trevor Peterson, US

Youth Development & Foundation Phase Coach

New York Red Bulls

Mathieu Feigean, CH

Performance Analyst

Servette de Geneve

Luciano Cánepa, QA

Leader, Scouting Department

Aspire Academy

Albin Sheqiri, SE

U19 Head Coach

Östersunds FK

Domenico Gangemi, AU

Scout & Academy Manager Australia / Head Women’s Soccer Coach NPL

Atalanta BC / Curtin University FC

Fernando Sousa, FR

Senior Business Developer

FootoVision

Fabio Nevado, ES

Football Analyst

Mediacoach/LaLiga

David Robertson, US

Girls Academy Director

Nationals (Detroit, Michigan)

James Barber, UK

Sales Director UK

SBG a Catapult Company

Vincent North, UAE

Performance Analyst

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club 

Paul Neilson, FR

Director of Performance

SkillCorner

Floris Goes, NL

Lead Data Scientist / PhD Researcher Sport Data Science

SciSports

Maurici López-Felip

Co-founder and CEO

Kognia Sports Intelligence

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What our
participants
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“The Barcelona, Amsterdam and Vienna conferences were all excellent examples of specialized events that bring together academics and elite football practitioners to discuss ideas and concepts, thus it was an easy decision to get involved and chair the event again this year. Although this year is digital, I still expect some top-class discussion given the calibre of the speakers and the cutting-edge topics on offer. This is a must for anyone wanting to develop their advanced knowledge of the science and football area.”

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Dr. Paul Bradley

Football Science Consultant Specialising in in Data Integration

“This year’s conference is a great line up of speakers from around the world presenting on various areas of Football Methodology.”

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Ian Coll

Head of Sports Science FC Universtatea Craiova

“It was my pleasure to share the insights about introducing SoccerLAB at SK Rapid Wien with sport scientists, analysts and performance coaches from 34 clubs from 22 countries.”

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Georg Mészáros

Senior Management Consultant – Digital Sport Management at SK Rapid Wien / SoccerLAB / Teal Projects – Mészáros Consulting