Javier Fernandez

Head of Sports Analytics
F.C. Barcelona

Javier is the Head of Sports Analytics at F.C. Barcelona, where he combines research in soccer analytics and the development of statistical tools to aid coaches in a wide range of analysis tasks. He leads a team devoted to providing interpretable and practical performance insights to coaches through the development of statistical models. A typical week for Javier involves engaging in conversations with soccer experts, translating tactical concepts into algorithms and the development of visualization tools to explain findings.

Javier is currently a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence applied to soccer analytics. He has contributed to MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with 4 papers in the last three years, including finalist selection in 2018, and first place in 2019.