Wharton Data Science Competition

Get Ready for the Wharton Data Science Competition

The Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative, in conjunction with Wharton Global Youth, is excited to host the Wharton Data Science Competition. Using comprehensive data from a simulated professional soccer league, teams of high school students will crunch the numbers and make win-loss predictions about the league’s playoffs. This is a free opportunity for students to learn team building and problem solving through sports analytics.

If you are interested in joining, form your team now in preparation for the competition. Registration is limited; join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens.

Reasons to Compete


Skill Development

Develop highly marketable skills through hands-on experience with the latest tools and programming languages in data analytics.


Working with a Team

Just like on a sports team, you will work with your peers to effectively delegate tasks and optimize individual skillsets in order to achieve a common goal.


Valuable Data Experience

The data you’ll be working with closely resembles the same data that major sports teams use across the world. Get a head start on working with advanced sports data.

Participating in the Wharton Data Science Competition is a fantastic way to develop your data analysis and prediction skills through the lens of sports, all while having fun with your friends. The experience and problem-solving skills you develop through this competition are applicable to your every day life outside of sports analytics.

Additionally, teams that perform the best will be recognized on the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative’s website, which could be a great addition to your resume.

Important Dates

January 2024

Registration Opens

February 2024

Data is Released

March 2024

Virtual Finals Competition

How it Works

Who Is Eligible?
This competition is open to high school students worldwide. “High school” is typically secondary-level (no younger than 14, no older than 18 at the start of the competition), pre-university education, as defined by country (e.g., generally 9th – 12th grade in the United States). We suggest participants have completed Algebra 1. There is no cost to participate.

Get Your Team Ready
Each team should have 3-5 students who are currently enrolled at the same high school. Teams are required to have one advisor, who is an employee of the school or school district the team attends. If the high school has various branches, teams must be comprised of students and an advisor from the same branch.

Registration will open in January 2024. Advisors are responsible for registering their team(s). Students are NOT permitted to register for the competition on their own behalf or on behalf of their team. Teams in violation of this rule will be ineligible to compete.

Data will be released in February 2024. Along the way, we will share videos and other educational resources to help you with this part of the competition.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

If you’re a high school student or teacher seeking additional learning opportunities, please visit the Wharton Global Youth Program to discover the wide range of opportunities designed to educate and motivate pre-collegiate students.