Oliver Gage is the Head of Recruitment and On-Field Analysis with the Canadian Premier League.
The Sheffield-born sports analyst worked previously at the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.
Gage started off his career in Sheffield, where he worked as a more traditional scout for Sheffield Wednesday FC, breaking down opposition set pieces and looking for weaknesses to exploit in opposition teams.
The newly-promoted English Championship followed one mandate – survive relegation, a mission Gage proudly recounted they accomplished.
He later moved to the University of Virginia, where he helped the Cavaliers to a national title, before taking a role with the Dynamo to help with long-term succession planning and comprehensive, data-driven player scouting.
With the CPL, Gage works with the league and with all clubs to educate coaches on best practices in conducting data analytics on their own teams and those of their opposition.
Another part of his job is getting the country’s soccer analytics scene up to standard but has said that growing it won’t be as tumultuous as past efforts, due to an abundance of high-quality data soccer analysts in North America, and because other leagues have already laid a foundation for Gage’s work.
Gage will be leading a session on Soccer Analytics at Ontario Soccer Summit 2020