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StatsBomb Courses: What to Expect

By StatsBomb | November 3, 2020 | Introduction to...

The StatsBomb Academy is dedicated to improving understanding of football data and analytics. There are many educational articles on our website, but we also offer in-depth courses crafted by industry leaders with extensive experience within the game.

We originally delivered our courses in person, but we now offer the same expertly designed courses online, enabling students to learn at home and at their own pace. Both of the courses that are currently active are packed full of practical examples and make use of our award-winning analytics platform StatsBomb IQ to visualise the concepts contained therein.

With the global pandemic, more of us are working and learning from home. If you find yourself with extra time on your hands, why not give one of our courses a try?

Introduction to Analytics for Football Professionals

Our first course is Introduction to Analytics for Football Professionals, led by our Head of Analysis James Yorke and CEO Ted Knutson. It provides a solid foundation in football analytics at an introductory level.

A version of this course is also available in Castellano/Spanish, led by Pablo P.Rodríguez, Head of Tactical Innovation at StatsBomb: https://cursos.statsbomb.com/courses/introduccion.

What are people saying about it?

“I probably can’t overstate how much I learned from this course. Not only from the amount of detailed material covered but, perhaps more importantly, how it got me thinking more about the possible usage and ways of using analytical football data. Whether you’re a football professional, aspiring to be one, a fantasy football fan, or just a plain lover of football, you will find valuable nuggets of information in this class.” 

“Really good from start to finish, detailed, engaging and very well presented.”

“This course was a really great primer for those looking into how to think about analytics in the world of football. While staying away from anything that requires a Masters in Data Science, James and Ted do a really great overview of how teams are starting to look at integrating data into their decision making. Excited for more!”

What does it cover?

  • Expected Goals (xG)
  • Types of Attack
  • Set Pieces
  • Defensive Choices
  • Team/Opposition Analysis

Who is it for?

The introduction course is designed to be accessible to everyone and teaches you the basics of data analytics in football. You don’t need to work in professional football or have advanced statistical knowledge. A basic understanding of football and statistics is useful.

Modern Scouting and Data-Driven Recruitment

Our latest course is Modern Scouting and Data-Driven Recruitment, led by our Head of Analysis James Yorke. It discusses how integrating data and traditional scouting can help a team make better recruitment decisions.

What are people saying about it?

“Every football team that is starting to use data or is not sure if they use it correctly should take the time to gather all the scouts, analysts and coaches, sit together, watch the course, discuss it and plan their approach to using data. Lots of great knowledge share, interesting stories. James is a really good teacher and it’s easy to follow his thoughts.”

“I’m glad I took the time out to complete the course. I watched most of the modules twice and it’s obvious that this thought process is the way forward. Thank you!”

What does it cover?

  • Team Analysis
  • Squad Building
  • Player Analysis - Strikers
  • Players Analysis - Centre Backs
  • Scouting Integration and Bias
  • Scouting Workflow
  • Advanced Data Integration
  • Player Evaluation
  • A bonus lesson from CEO Ted Knutson

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at anybody who is interested in modern recruitment techniques. It covers all aspects of the process with a focus on data and scouting.


Both of these online courses can be found in our Academy portal. Look out for more in 2021.

If you work for a professional club, company or university, please contact us about the opportunity to purchase bulk course access or payment via invoice.

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