Sports Analytics Challenge

Participate in a unique contest: revolutionise football using your science skills!

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This challenge is open to students and the general public internationally

Combining scientific and sporting excellence for better performance

Love science and sports? Use both your passions to help a football club!
 
To revolutionise football using your science skills: analyse a data set based on French football championship matches and prove that science can help improve sports performance.

For the first time, one of the world's greatest sports teams (Paris Saint-Germain) and one of the world's most prestigious universities (École Polytechnique) are joining forces to give you the opportunity to enter a competition with unique scientific impact in the field of sports. Take on this ground-breaking challenge and get yourself noticed by professional analysts!

As the challenge only aims to discover talent, you retain all intellectual property rights for your work.

Prizes

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The overall winner will receive funding for research into optimising sports performance to be carried out in Paris with Paris Saint-Germain and École Polytechnique (PhD- or post-doctoral-level) totalling 100,000 euros.
 
Can’t do this kind of PhD or post-doc work after the challenge? You can still enter the competition and try to win one of the other prizes!

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The five finalists will have the chance to present their results to analysts at Europe’s best football clubs during the Grand Final on 21 May 2019 at Parc des Princes as part of the Striving for Excellence conference.
 
The finalists will be given extensive media coverage (press, TV and social media). They will also be given signed football shirts by the Paris Saint-Germain staff. Travel and accommodation expenses will be fully reimbursed.
 

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The 11 best analysts will win personalised football shirts signed by the players!

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The 50 best analysts will be highlighted in rankings published on the Paris Saint-Germain social media pages.

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A ranking of the most successful universities in the challenge will be published on the Paris Saint-Germain social media pages. Show that your university is the best!

How to participate?
The challenge is open to students and the general public
 
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Click the 'Enter' button

 

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Answer two online questions

 

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Submit
your Python or R code

 

What format should my code be in?

Your result should be in the Python or R programming languages and use Opta F24 files. Your code should be quick and short. You should use a specific package. The jury will look at how your code performs when ranking the finalists.

The dataset

To test out your skills and give you the chance to prove you’re an expert in both science and sport, we’re giving you a data set provided by Opta.
 
It’s up to you to work out the data science/machine learning algorithm that best captures the information contained in the match data.
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21
May

The Final
The five finalists will present their work to analysts from Europe’s best football clubs during the Striving for Excellence conference at Parc des Princes, Paris.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be fully reimbursed.