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Science that Wins: 4th Football Analytics & Talent Identification Online Event

  • 22nd – 23rd March 2022
  • Zoom flag Zoom
  • ONLINE

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

Join our two-day live session and discover the latest trends and developments in football analytics and talent identification, focussing on the best practices in performance analysis and youth development tools and strategies.

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About the 4th Football Analytics & Talent Identification Online Conference

Our speakers will cover many topics across our two-days program focused on sports science, strength and 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
  • Soccer Directors
  • Football Directors
  • Recruitment Directors
  • Academy 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
  • Youth Coaches
  • Early Phase Coaches
  • Coaches
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Youth Development
  • Physical Development
  • Rehabilitation
  • Injury Prevention
  • Instructors
  • Psychologists
  • Kinesiologists

From Industries Including

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

Key Practical Learning Points

  • Use of data in coaching process
  • Pre-, mid-, and post-match analysis
  • Club’s own data ecosystems
  • Club vs. National team performance analysis
  • Rehabilitation/return-to-play analysis
  • Squad building and transfer strategy
  • Building up an academy
  • Talent identification phases
  • Individual development in youth football
  • Growth and maturation impact

Dr. Paul S Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

About Speaker

David Horrocks, UK

Research and Development Officer

Manchester United Football Club

About Speaker

Andrea Riboli, IT

Adjunct Professor in Performance Analysis

University of Milan

About Speaker

Jurrit Sanders, NL

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

PSV Eindhoven

About Speaker

Xavi Reche Royo, ES

Sport Scientist

FC Barcelona

About Speaker

Maria Burova, RU

Strength & Conditioning Coach

FC Zenit

About Speaker

Andrea Scanavino, IT

Football Fitness Coach

Italian Football Federation

About Speaker

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Scouting & Performance

Pisa Sporting Club

About Speaker

Rainer van Gaal Appelhof, NL

Head of Sport Science & Strength and Conditioning

FC Utrecht

About Speaker

Jeroen Peters, NL

Performance Manager

FC Utrecht

About Speaker

Nadima Skeff, BR

Head Football Coach

América Futebol Clube

About Speaker

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

About Speaker

Ryan Alexander, PhD, US

Director of Sports Science

Atlanta United FC

About Speaker

Marko Matušinskij, HR

Head of Academy Physical Performance and Methodology

GNK Dinamo Zagreb

About Speaker

Lorenz Kutscha-Lissberg, AT

Head of Football Analysis/First Team Analyst

Austria Wien

About Speaker

Adam David, IL

Head of Performance Analysis

Maccabi Haifa

About Speaker

Domenico Gangemi, AU

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

Atalanta BC / Curtin University FC

About Speaker

Patrycja (Pato) Jerzak, SE

Professional Football Player/Co-Founder

IFÖ Bromölla/Football is Everywhere

About Speaker

Abel Lorincz, DK

First Team Assistant Coach of Analysis

SønderjyskE

About Speaker

Miklós Szabó, HU

Insights Team Lead

xfb Analytics

About Speaker

Michele Turloni, IT

Professional Fitness Coach

gpexe 

About Speaker

Ian McHale, UK

Professor of Sports Analytics

University of Liverpool

About Speaker

Dr. Paul S Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

Dr. Paul Bradley is a world-leading authority on match analysis. He is the author of the unique book ‘Football Decoded’, which was released on Amazon in 2020 and recorded a three-tier educational course on www.FootballAnalyticsHQ.com in 2021. 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 pioneered is the contextualisation of match and training data, and he is currently working with many elite organisations in this regard. He has more than 15 years of experience in the football science area and has published more than 80 papers and has over 5,500 citations in the science and football area.

David Horrocks, UK

Research and Development Officer

Manchester United Football Club

David has over 20 years of experience in sports, having worked in football, golf, cycling, and tennis, among others. His working life has also included time in the IT and communications sector and also in the higher education space. He's a vastly experienced operator possessing multiple skillsets with an academic background and peer-reviewed publications in the field of psychology, elite sports performance, and serial winning.

Andrea Riboli, IT

Adjunct Professor in Performance Analysis

University of Milan

Andrea Riboli is a physical performance coach, applied sport scientist, and consultant experienced with both youth and adult elite football players. He holds a PhD in sport sciences and he is an adjunct professor in performance analysis at the University of Milan. After gaining experience as an exercise physiologist at different levels of competition and the position of head of performance in professional women’ basketball, he got experience as a physical performance coach in Como FC, AC Milan, and Atalanta BC academies. From 2014-20, he held the position of first team physical performance coach at Atalanta BC, where he was in charge of the sport science department of the club. He published papers in sport science and medicine peer-review international journals and he is currently leading research and consulting projects about high-performance development in elite football players.

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.

Xavi Reche Royo, ES

Sport Scientist

FC Barcelona

Xavi holds both a BSc and MSc in sports science. His main role is to support strength and conditioning coaches to convert training data to useful info and optimise the decision-making process. He is passionate to merge data and sport performance.

Maria Burova, RU

Strength & Conditioning Coach

FC Zenit

Maria is a strength and conditioning coach and specialist in injury rehabilitation and has worked for the high-performance football teams in Russia since 2007 (FC Lokomotiv, FC Ufa, FC Zenit). She is a former head of FC Lokomotiv's Moscow sports injuries rehabilitation centre. Maria is an invited speaker for multiple sports medicine congresses and conferences as well as the author of the “Rehab after ACL reconstruction surgery” educational course and various scientific articles.

Andrea Scanavino, IT

Football Fitness Coach

Italian Football Federation

After a long militancy (1999-2017) in three of the main teams of the Italian Championship (Juventus, Sampdoria, and Internazionale of Milan) Andrea Scanavino is currently engaged at Zenit in St. Petersburg in Russia.

Since September 2018, he has worked with the Italian National Soccer Team, which was European Champion at Euro 2020 (played in 2021).

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Scouting & Performance

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, Genoa CFC, and ACF Fiorentina with a particular focus on both data and the tactical aspect of the game.

 

Rainer van Gaal Appelhof, NL

Head of Sport Science & Strength and Conditioning

FC Utrecht

Rainer van Gaal Appelhof has been at FC Utrecht for the last four and a half seasons and recently moved into the role of head of sport science and strength and conditioning. He holds an MSc in sports science from the University of Leuven, where he also obtained his coaching license (UEFA Elite Youth). Within this position he’s responsible for the day-to-day physical development and monitoring of all first team players, as well as, together with the performance manager, overseeing the development and implementation of the club’s physical department from U8 to the first team. His main aim is bridging the gap, both for players and staff, between performance and football.

Jeroen Peters, NL

Performance Manager

FC Utrecht

After joining the club in June 2018, Jeroen currently works as performance manager at FC Utrecht. He holds a master's in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy from the University of South Australia and most recently finished the UEFA certificate in football management from the University of Lausanne. As a leader, he’s experienced in setting up performance teams. He’s responsible for overseeing the medical, sport science, S&C, nutrition, psychology, rehabilitation, scientific innovation, and technology domains. His main aim is to blend short-term success with long-term vision through a holistic player (and team) approach.

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.

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

Luke Theakston is a performance specialist who has worked at the highest level of senior and youth academy football in England (Reading FC and Portsmouth FC), Hungary (Újpest FC), the Netherlands (AFC Ajax and AFC) and China (Beijing Guoan FC). 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 football coaching license (the FA). Luke has developed a particular interest and expertise in football fitness, periodisation, testing and growth and maturation. He has also presented lectures on high-performance at a number of universities (Shanghai University of Sport and Beijing Sport University (BSU)) and is an active member of High Performance Group China. Luke is currently the head of academy performance at Beijing Guoan FC in the Chinese Super League (CSL). 

Ryan Alexander, PhD, US

Director of Sports Science

Atlanta United FC

Ryan Alexander currently serves as the director of sports science for Atlanta United FC.  He came to Atlanta in October of 2016 after leaving a position at U.S. Soccer, where he worked for the men’s national team as a sports scientist. Prior to his time with the men’s national team, he worked across the youth national team system for U.S. Soccer since 2013. Ryan received his PhD from East Tennessee State University in sport and physiology performance.

Marko Matušinskij, HR

Head of Academy Physical Performance and Methodology

GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Marko Matušinskij is an academy head of physical performance and methodology at the GNK Dinamo Zagreb. Before that, he also worked as a strength and conditioning coach in different age groups starting from U9 to U19. After the experience with younger ages, he worked with the first teams such as GNK Dinamo B team, Istra, and Rudeš in the First Croatian League. These are the places where he built a craft of developing high-performance environments. To understand football even more, Marko took a UEFA B license course and started to lecture at the University of Kinesiology and Croatian Football Federation in the domain of strength and conditioning in professional football. As an academy head of performance and sport scientist, Marko is striving to introduce the best practices and knowledge to the GNK Dinamo system.

Lorenz Kutscha-Lissberg, AT

Head of Football Analysis/First Team Analyst

Austria Wien

In addition to his law studies, Lorenz did the "Game Analysis Certificate" at IST Düsseldorf in 2018. As he was immediately captivated by the field, he started working as an analyst at Wiener Sport Club. Along the way, Lorenz worked as a youth coach and moved to the academy of Wiener Austria in the winter of 2020. His goal since then has been to pull a sustainable and innovative game analysis through the entire club. Since this season, Lorenz has been able to drive this goal forward from the first team to the youngest players. 

Adam David, IL

Head of Performance Analysis

Maccabi Haifa

Adam is in charge of developing a learning culture by combining video, event, and physiological data with tactical individual goal-setting objectives to help each player contribute best for the team. He was performing performance analysis and scouting roles with Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Chelsea FC Academy. He has a huge passion for the game and is a lecturer for football development with a player-centred approach. Growing up as a basketball point guard and captain alongside serving three years as an IDF Special Forces Commander has highly influenced his career.

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.

Patrycja (Pato) Jerzak, SE

Professional Football Player/Co-Founder

IFÖ Bromölla/Football is Everywhere

Pato Jerzak is a professional player born in Poland and raised in Sweden. She has played for clubs like Djurgården IF, Napoli, and Umeå IK. She is also the co-founder of Football is Everywhere, which is both a football magazine and a creative studio.

Abel Lorincz, DK

First Team Assistant Coach of Analysis

SønderjyskE

Previously first team analyst for Budapest Honved, Puskas Academy, and SonderjyskE, Abel aims to connect analysis with the training process as closely as possible. How can athletes learn the easiest and fastest? How can coaches ensure the training is engaging, while always hitting the soft spot between supporting athletes and stretching their abilities? These are the questions that he seeks to answer.

Miklós Szabó, HU

Insights Team Lead

xfb Analytics

Miklós holds a PhD in economics. He is an advanced analytics professional with 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles, with special focus on statistics, predictive analytics, and data visualisation. Miklós currently works as an insights team lead at xfb Analytics, where he can apply his professional knowledge to his life-long passion, which is football. Miklós has been mainly involved in building machine learning models and producing insights for football clubs and organisations.

Michele Turloni, IT

Professional Fitness Coach

gpexe 

Michele Turloni is a professional fitness coach who has been working in Serie A at Udinese Calcio for 10 years, first as a physiotherapist and then in charge of injury recovery. He specialises in the management and recovery of injured athletes. He will present his experience in field recovery management through the systematic use of load data. 

Ian McHale, UK

Professor of Sports Analytics

University of Liverpool

Ian's research interests lie in statistics in sport and the analysis of gambling markets and issues relating to gambling. Ian was founding chair of the Royal Statistical Society's Statistics in Sport Section and serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Forecasting and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sport. Ian has published research on a wide variety of topics, including: ranking methods in sport, forecasting results in football, tennis, cricket, and golf, assessment of changes to gambling regulation, and the behaviour of lottery players.

Ian has consulted with, amongst others, football clubs, the Premier League, the Press Association, the Responsible Gambling Trust (GambleAware), the General Medical Council, and several bookmakers. In 2005, Ian created the EA SPORTS Player Performance Indicator, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League.

Dr. Paul S Bradley, UK

Football Science Consultant

David Horrocks, UK

Research and Development Officer

Manchester United Football Club

Andrea Riboli, IT

Adjunct Professor in Performance Analysis

University of Milan

Jurrit Sanders, NL

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

PSV Eindhoven

Xavi Reche Royo, ES

Sport Scientist

FC Barcelona

Maria Burova, RU

Strength & Conditioning Coach

FC Zenit

Andrea Scanavino, IT

Football Fitness Coach

Italian Football Federation

Marco Fumagalli, IT

Head of Scouting & Performance

Pisa Sporting Club

Rainer van Gaal Appelhof, NL

Head of Sport Science & Strength and Conditioning

FC Utrecht

Jeroen Peters, NL

Performance Manager

FC Utrecht

Nadima Skeff, BR

Head Football Coach

América Futebol Clube

Luke Theakston, CH

Head of Academy Performance

Beijing Sinobo Guoan

Ryan Alexander, PhD, US

Director of Sports Science

Atlanta United FC

Marko Matušinskij, HR

Head of Academy Physical Performance and Methodology

GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Lorenz Kutscha-Lissberg, AT

Head of Football Analysis/First Team Analyst

Austria Wien

Adam David, IL

Head of Performance Analysis

Maccabi Haifa

Domenico Gangemi, AU

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

Atalanta BC / Curtin University FC

Patrycja (Pato) Jerzak, SE

Professional Football Player/Co-Founder

IFÖ Bromölla/Football is Everywhere

Abel Lorincz, DK

First Team Assistant Coach of Analysis

SønderjyskE

Miklós Szabó, HU

Insights Team Lead

xfb Analytics

Michele Turloni, IT

Professional Fitness Coach

gpexe 

Ian McHale, UK

Professor of Sports Analytics

University of Liverpool

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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 at 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