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NYA Fellowships

Announcement – May 2020

The jury for the NYA Fellowships has decided not to award fellowships in the current application cycle. Unfortunately, we have been unable to identify a candidate whom we believe is equipped to take full advantage of the award. Some of the eligible applications we received showed strong knowledge of our sport, and others displayed considerable skill in data science. However, we believe that both of these attributes are critical to the success of a future football/soccer data analyst. We will reopen applications later this year in an attempt to ensure that the 2020 NYA Fellowships are awarded. Previous candidates will be welcome to reapply. The original announcement is below:

NYA is pleased to offer its third annual fellowships for aspiring data analysts in soccer/football. Each of two fellows will receive the following:

- USD1,000 (paid in two installments)
- A full season of Opta event data for a league of the fellow's choice, reformatted as needed by NYA
- Mentoring via NYA and its contacts throughout the fellowship year
- Dissemination of the fellow's work to soccer/football clubs and other potential users

The fellowships are open to analysts aged 25 and younger on 1 January 2020, and strong preference will be given to analysts from demographic groups underrepresented in the field. Analysts already working in soccer/football roles will not be considered.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a portfolio of one to five freestanding pieces of analysis, and proof of age to with the subject line "2020 Fellowships" by 31 March 2020. Any questions about the fellowships should be directed to the same email address.

Electronic documents and links to URLs are acceptable parts of the portfolio. If necessary, NYA may request to see underlying code or calculations to verify authorship of submissions. All work done by applicants and fellows before, during, and after the fellowships will remain their exclusive property to use as they please.

The jury for the 2020 NYA Fellowships is:

Sarah Rudd
Vice President of Analytics and Software Development, StatDNA

Stewart Mairs
Technical Director, D.C. United

Ravi Ramimeni
Director of Analytics, Seattle Sounders FC

Lucy Rushton
Head of Technical Recruitment & Analysis, Atlanta United

Dan Altman
Founder of North Yard Analytics and creator of smarterscout.com

The NYA Fellows will be announced in May 2020. NYA is grateful to Opta for supplying the data for this program and to the members of the jury for their time and expertise.

Social Media Freelancer

Note: This opening is on hold while NYA participates in the #StopHateForProfit campaign.

NYA is seeking a freelancer to manage the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for smarterscout.com. The work will be done remotely during European business hours. Familiarity with smarterscout.com, deep knowledge of European football, and experience handling commercial or substantial personal accounts on all three platforms are required. Compensation will be competitive. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and examples of social media work to with the subject line "Social Media Freelancer".

Positions listed here are filled on a rolling basis; when the positions are filled, they will no longer be advertised here. Not all applicants will be contacted. Thank you for the time devoted to your submission.

North Yard Analytics LLC is a limited liability company formed in the State of New York.