First Team Lead Football Analyst

  • Bristol City Football Club
  • Robins High Performance Centre, Clevedon Road, Failand, Bristol, UK
  • 03 May, 2024
Full time Data Science

Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Football Analysis

REPORTS TO: Head Coach / Technical Director


LOCATION: Robins High Performance Centre, BS8 3TN

Key Responsibilities

The role will focus on providing football analysis support to the First Team, primarily within – but not restricted to the following areas:

Pre-match opposition analysis

  • Lead in the profiling of all opposition teams through the application of analytics and video
  • Provision of content and distribution of material to senior players focusing on adding a more specific/individual level to our pre-match opposition analysis process

Post-match analysis

  • Lead in the coding of all first team fixtures to better aid the post-match review process and generate video libraries
  • Support in the collection and maintenance of video databases relating to our own game model

Match-day responsibilities

  • Provide real-time analysis to the coaching team
  • This includes being present at all home matches and travelling with the team to away matches

Research projects

  • Work alongside the Club’s data scientist to automate working processes
  • Assist in development of the department and play an active role in aggressively pushing boundaries in order to achieve its targets

Department responsibilities

  • Continually update knowledge of best practice within football analysis and be pro-active in the search of new technologies and processes to enhance current practice
  • Liaise with the club’s football analysis software providers ensuring we are continuing to develop the products and use them in the most effective ways

Main Job Requirements and Person Specification

Specific Experience:

  • Experience working as an analyst in an elite football environment
  • Experience in accurately analysing multiple and often complex data streams in order to understand performance
  • Experience in delivering and communicating performance insights to key stakeholders in the organisation
  • Experience in profiling elite football teams and understanding the different strategies and systems of play that they employ
  • Understanding of varying working methodologies and best practice within elite sports analysis
  • Experience with budget management


  • Ability to retain a very high standard of output whilst operating within strict and expeditious deadlines
  • Deep technical and tactical understanding of football (strategies, systems, philosophies, game models)
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills that facilitate the effective delivery of performance insights, build connections and support a strong team cohesion
  • Ability to adapt to emerging technologies and their application in automating working processes
  • A willingness to work flexible hours in accordance with the demands of the role
  • Strong desire to continuously challenge, learn and move forward


  • Minimum undergraduate degree relating to the field of sports science, data science or performance analysis
  • Post-graduate qualification in a related discipline is preferred
  • FA Level 2 coaching license or above preferred
  • Competencies in the following software/hardware are desired: Catapult Focus/Matchtracker, HUDL Sportscode Elite and HUDL platforms, Tableau

Safeguarding Statement:

Bristol City Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment.

Note: Due to the nature of the role, any job offer is dependent on a DBS check. All information will be kept by the Safeguarding Officer in strictest confidence.

Equality Statement:

The successful candidate must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.


Competitive salary and benefits including:

  • 20 days holiday per annum
  • Breakfast & lunch on all training days via a personal contribution scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Death in Service (3x annual salary)
  • Discount in the Bristol Sport store
  • Ashton Gate Season tickets entitlement

To apply for this role, please send your CV and cover letter (max. 1 page) to

We are anticipating many applications for this role, please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.