Statistics in Sport Section


The Statistics in Sport Section was established to cater for anyone with an interest in the application of statistical methods and tools to sport. The growing prevalence of data collection and availability throughout the modern world is equally in evidence within sport.

Within the sports industry there are many constituents with an increasing interest with statistics. Professional sport is becoming more engaged with statistics and is increasingly using statisticians and data scientists to help make decisions on such things as playing strategy and recruitment of players. Wider businesses such as sports media and broadcasting have a substantial interest in utilising robust statistical tools and methodology to drive fan engagement and customer satisfaction. For other related businesses, such as sports betting, statistical modelling and data science continues to be integral to successful operation.


The aims and objectives of the Section are:

  • Foster research in statistics and data science in sports, defined as modelling and analysis inspired by, or applied to, a problem in sport
  • Bring together a community of researchers interested in statistics or data science in sport. The community will be open to academics, early career researchers, industry professionals and those with an interest in quantitative analysis in sports
  • Support the communication of statistical research into the wider community, and help non-statisticians understand why and how statistics is a valuable tool.


Chair: Beverley Hale (Discussion meetings representative)
Vice-chair: Rob Mastrodomenico
Secretary: Gordon Hunter
Meetings secretary: Iain Gourlay

Committee members

Maurice Berk
Jotham Gaudoin (Publications Network representative)
Jamie Green
Ioannis Kosmidis
Rupert Macey-Dare
Pete Philipson
Andrew Simpkin
Bhairavi Tarkas
Phil Woodward (Council representative)

Future meetings

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News and meeting reports

Read news about the section and reports from our meetings.

Additional information

Annual Report 2018
Twitter: @RoyalStatSports
Mailing list: Statistics in Sport