An Opposition Analyst assesses an athlete’s upcoming opponent so the athlete can prepare accordingly. They watch live and video footage to work out opponents’ style of play, strengths and weaknesses, and tactical details. Following this, they put together an in-depth report that gives a detailed analysis of future opponents.
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A passion for sport is absolutely essential in this job. An Opposition Analyst can watch up to seven games a day in preparation for a report.
An undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above is often required in Sport Science or related field. An MSc in Performance Analysis is also desirable. Coaching qualifications are desirable as they help prove knowledge of the game.
All applicants should have experience of providing performance analysis support in a sporting environment. This could have been achieved through work experience or an internship. Demonstrable presentation skills and expert knowledge of the chosen sport are essential. Applicants should be aware of technical and tactical trends at the highest level of the game. Through their performance analysis experience, they should be confident using analysis software such as SportsCode, Tracab and Coach Paint.