Where Can I Find Jobs in Data Analytics in Football?
Data analytics has become a crucial part of modern football. As clubs look to strengthen their analysis departments and improve their use of data, more opportunities are opening up for people interested in working in the industry. Even clubs in lower leagues are now starting to hire multiple analysts.
These jobs are open to anyone who has the right skills, regardless of whether or not they’ve previously worked in football. Clubs want people who are good at understanding statistics, know what the metrics mean, and can explain their insights clearly to others.
There’s never been a better time to start a career in football data analytics, but when you’re ready to start applying for jobs, where should you look?
Finding Jobs With AnalyiSport
In addition to providing online courses that teach you the knowledge and skills used by professional analysts, we regularly share information about current vacancies on Twitter and LinkedIn. We cover as many different types of analysis jobs as possible, including Data Scientist, Performance Analyst, Recruitment Analyst, Technical Scout and Video Scout.
The majority of jobs we post are based in the UK, but we have also posted jobs based in countries such as the USA and Denmark. Some football analysis jobs, especially in recruitment analysis, can be done remotely. There are analysts who work for top-flight clubs who don’t even live on the same continent as the team they’re employed by. This makes it worthwhile taking a look at job adverts for teams outside your home country to see if they offer remote working.
When we post a job, we always include the title of the job, a short summary of what the role involves, and a link to the full job description on the club’s website, making it as easy as possible for you to apply.
Football Job Websites
Although a football analytics job might occasionally appear on a job board like Indeed, they’re not regularly found in such places. Instead, such jobs tend to appear on specialist websites. One of the highest profile is Jobs in Football. As well as scouting and analysis jobs, the site features jobs in a wide range of different areas from coaching, physiotherapy and sports therapy to marketing and administration. It’s a comprehensive site and is used by many clubs, particularly British ones, to advertise positions. If you want to apply for any of the jobs through the website, though, you will need to register first.
A similar website, but with a more global outlook, is Futbol Jobs. It covers a wide range of football jobs across the world and has different language options so that you can view the job descriptions in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. In order to search and apply for the jobs listed, you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription first. Jobs4football is another site which also offers a similar service.
If you’re looking for a job in the USA, TeamWork Online has a comprehensive list of opportunities across American sports, including vacancies in the MLS. The website allows users to create a profile and receive notifications when a suitable job is advertised. TeamWork Online also works as a recruiter, so you have the option of making your profile information available to potential employers.
There are also websites which aren’t focused on football jobs but still list current vacancies. One of these is Women in Football, a network of football professionals who are committed to increasing the participation of women in the sport and supporting those already working in the industry. Their jobs list includes opportunities in both the men’s and the women’s game, including some analysis jobs.
The EFL website has a good selection of jobs available at clubs in the English Football League as well as some vacancies in the Premier League and Non-League football. The website tends to link straight to the relevant page on the club’s own website, meaning you don’t need to register or pay for a subscription to apply. The page lists all the available jobs by club, in alphabetical order, without the option to search by type of role, so you’ll have to scroll through and try to spot any analysis jobs.
Freelance Football Opps is a paid weekly email newsletter with information about jobs around the football industry. You’ll need to subscribe, it is only £3 a month but they have some great opportunities and it comes out each week. The list also covers jobs on football writing and graphic design.
Finding Jobs on Football Club’s Websites
Nearly every analysis job will be advertised on the club’s own website. These adverts will include detailed job descriptions, listing both the responsibilities of the role and the qualifications and skills candidates are expected to have, as well as full details about how to apply. Sometimes they will link to a multi-page PDF that contains all the relevant information.
This level of detail is great for helping you to check that you have the relevant skills required and making sure that you highlight them on your CV and cover letter.
It would take a lot of time to regularly check each club’s website for relevant jobs, making it an inefficient way to search for jobs. But if there are certain clubs you want to work for, for whatever reason—you might support them, perhaps, or be keen to work alongside their current coaching staff—it’s a good idea to bookmark the vacancies page of their website and check it once a week.
Finding Football Jobs on Social Media
As with many other industries, social media has become a key way to stay up-to-date with current job opportunities in football. Word quickly spreads when a new one starts to be advertised.
LinkedIn, a platform for networking and career development, is home to many analysts working in the game. Because of this, many clubs advertise roles directly on LinkedIn and allow you to apply through the site. We also post details about available opportunities on our page. You can also use your profile on the site as a showcase of your skills and qualifications to appeal to potential employers.
Twitter is another popular platform for analysts. There’s a strong analysis community on the site and there are several analysts who have gone on to work for professional clubs after building up a repudiation for posting their own detailed and insightful analysis of football matches.
Some clubs tweet about job vacancies, though not all of them do. Most of the job websites also regularly post details about who is hiring. If you want to stay up-to-date it’s a good idea to follow accounts that post about jobs and also to follow relevant hashtags. The best one to follow is currently #FootballJobs. All the job opportunities we post from our Twitter account use that hashtag. Once a job has been tweeted about, it’s often retweeted by people in the community to help spread the word.
When you’ve found a job you’re interested in, be sure to check the deadline for applications. Often they’re only advertised for a couple of weeks, so you need to act quickly. Also, make sure you have the relevant skills listed in the job description. If there are areas where you know you need to improve, you can hone your abilities with online courses.
Football is a competitive sport both on and off the pitch: there are lots of candidates applying for analysis jobs. But these jobs are now much more open to people who are new to working in the sport. With the right skills and a strong application, it’s possible for anyone to land their dream job in football analytics.
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