Level 1: Foundation in Performance Analysis in Football

This course introduces the key skills and knowledge you’ll need and how it’s done in professional football. We’ll end by looking at a real example of successful analysis from a Premier League club.

This course introduces the key skills and knowledge you’ll need on the performance analysis pathway.

Performance analysts are football experts who also know how to use cutting-edge data and video technology. By combining these skills, they find insights to improve team performance. Working closely with coaches and players, analysts look for that extra edge which makes the difference between winning and losing. All the world’s major clubs employ performance analysts: as technology improves, their role is becoming more important than ever.


This course is part of a Level 1 Qualification

This Course Includes:

Course Content

Any of the modules can be taken by itself, but you’ll learn the most by taking all three in order.
Each module ends with an assessment: sometimes a multiple-choice quiz and sometimes an interactive exercise. When you’ve passed all three assessments, you’ll earn three CPD points.

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Who wrote this Course?

The information you’ll learn on this course was provided by a group of performance analysts with experience in the Premier League, the Women’s Super League, the Championship, La Liga and Serie B. You can visit our Experts page to see a selection of the analysts who have contributed to our courses.

Our award-winning content team worked closely with the analyst group to create a fully-interactive course based on their expertise. Our content team are not only football fans: we have years of experience creating digital learning for football professionals.

Who is it for?

The Level 1 Foundation in Performance Analysis is suitable for anyone interested in the discipline of performance analysis. You might be thinking about a career in analysis, curious about what it might involve, or simply interested in what professional analysts do.

This course is not the ideal starting point if you’re completely new to data in football. If you want to find out what types of data are collected in football, why data is useful to clubs, and what professional pathways are available to analysts, these topics are covered in full in the Level 1 Introduction to Analysis in Football course.

The Level 1 Foundation in Performance Analysis prepares you to take level 2 and level 3 courses covering performance analysis topics in depth.

Are you ready to start the performance analysis pathway?

Are you ready to see the future of football?


Once you’ve chosen your course, you’ll be taken to a web page where you can get started. You can take the course entirely in your browser. It’s made up of text pages with images, animations, interactive exercises and a final questionnaire. Audio narration will guide you through.

You can complete the course at your own pace. It’s yours for life, so you can revisit it whenever you want.

You can take the course entirely in your browser. You don’t need any other materials, but you might want to take notes on paper or on another device.

Our courses contain a lot of detail and hands-on interaction. This makes them difficult to use effectively on a phone or tablet. We recommend using your laptop or PC, with the largest screen you have access to.

We have done everything we can to make our courses accessible to those with visual, auditory and cognitive challenges. Please get in touch if we can support your learning in any way.

If you have any other questions…