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SAW2023 Program 

Tuesday 2/5/2023

16.00-16.30 Entry to TEAMS Virtual Room / Registration

16.30-21.00    Short Course on Football Analytics by D.Karlis, I.Ntzoufras & L. Egidi

Wednesday 3/5/2022

16.30-21.00    Short Course on Football Analytics by D.Karlis, I.Ntzoufras & L. Egidi

Thursday 4/5/2022

SAW2022 Day 1 

15:00-15:30 Registration

15:30-15:40 SAW2023 Opening by Ioannis Ntzoufras

Session 1 (Chair: I. Ntzoufras)

15:40 – 16:05 László Csató (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)

Evaluating the risk of tanking in tournaments with a preliminary round-robin group stage


16:05 – 16:30 Mattia Stival (University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy)

Missing data patterns in runners' careers: do they matter?


16:30 – 16:55 Mariza Spyropoulou (University of Kent, United Kingdom)

Bayesian Hierarchical Modelling for inter-intra seasonal effects of athletic performance

Session 2 (Chair: I. Ntzoufras)

17:25 – 17:50 Dries Goossens (Ghent University, Belgium)

Scheduling women's football in Belgium


17:50 – 18:15 Mario Guajardo (NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway) 

A game theory approach to fairness in sports scheduling


18:15 – 18:40 Robert Bajons (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria) 

Evaluating Individual Football Player Performances using a Debiased Machine Learning Approach


Session 3 (Chair: S. Drikos)

19:10 – 19:35 Marius Oetting (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

Extending the Dixon and Coles model: an application to women's football data


19:35 – 20:00 Leonardo Egidi (University of Trieste, Italy) 

World Cup 2022 storytelling: a fantastic prediction tale


20:00 – 20:25 Ioannis Ntzoufras (AUEB, Greece) 

Model Based Performance Indicators for In-play Basketball Data

20:25 – 20:50 Christos Marmarinos (AUEB & Kosovo National Basket, Greece)

Estimating Team Possessions in Euroleague Basketball Competition


Friday 5/5/2022

SAW2022 Day 2 


Session 4 (Chair: C. Marmarinos):

15:00 – 15:25 Michail Tsagris (University of Crete, Greece)

Skin tone of NBA players and performance statistics. Is there a relationship?


15:25 – 15:50 Anastasios Pliatsikas (AUEB Sports Analytics Group, Greece)

Predicting Shot Success in NBA

15:50 – 16:15 Aristotelis Michailidis (AUEB Sports Analytics Group, Greece) 

Pythagorean Expectation and other Machine Learning applications in Euroleague


16:15 – 16:40 Kostas Pelechrinis (University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 

Implicit Biases in Refereeing: Lessons from NBA Referees


Session 5 (Chair: D. Karlis):

17:10 – 17:35 Ioannis Konstantopoulos (University of Innsbruck, CEO-The Sports Footprint)

From numbers to Actions: Using Data Management to Drive Sustainability in Sports


17:35 – 18:00 Chrysovalantis Vasilakis (Bangor University, United Kingdom)

Globalized Markets for Talents: Can we predict the inequality in Football?


18:00 – 18:25 Ioannis Stylianou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)

Game theory in strategic decision making in Volleyball

Session 6 (Chair: S. Kehagias)

18:55– 19:20 Christos Kontos (AUEB, Greece)

Football analytics based on player tracking data using interpolation techniques for the prediction of missing coordinates


19:20– 19:45 Brigitte Gelein (École nationale de la statistique et de l'analyse de l'information, France)

Clustering of soccer game situations in order to populate virtual environments


19:45 – 20:10 Vasilis Armatas (Olympiakos FC Academy, Greece)

Transition moments in European football: opportunities and vulnerabilities


20:10 – 20:35 Dimitris Karlis (AUEB, Greece)

Play by play data from Euro League and the theory of chaos

*All times refer to the Greek time-zone (GMT+3)

Organized by

Ioannis Ntzoufras

Dimitris Karlis

Sotiris Drikos


Administrative Assistant

Argyro Damoulaki



Live Conference
4-5 May 2023, Athens (Greece)
Football Analytics virtual course 2-3 May 2023

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