Wharton High School Data Science Competition:
Soccer Playoff Predictions
Building Data Science Skills Through the Lens of Sports
The Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative and Wharton Global Youth Program are excited to host the first Wharton High School Data Science Competition: Soccer Playoff Predictions. It’s a team-based opportunity for high school students to build their skills in data science through the lens of sports.
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. Participants will be provided with a complete regular season of game-level results that include various summary game statistics. Based on the regular season team performance, they will predict the results of playoff games in both the Group Stage and the Knockout Stage. Teams will then make predictions of match outcomes during the playoffs. Success in the competition will be based on the accuracy of the predictions, the soundness of the methods used, creativity, and how well the teams’ methods and findings are described and communicated.
The competition will take part in 3 phases
that begin once registration is closed
Welcome to the North American Soccer League
In order to keep the competition as realistic as possible, the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative has created a fictional 28-team league – the North American Soccer League (NSL) – complete with comprehensive stats for each club. The story of our league is as follows.
The NSL just hired a new, forward-thinking Commissioner, and she’s looking to position the NSL for long-term success by fully embracing data analytics.
The NSL needs help to make informed, analytics-backed predictions about two rounds of the NSL playoffs, using data the league captured for each of its 28 teams.
In addition to predictions, the League is also looking for a brief writeup that describes each team’s approach and methodology. Think you and your fellow students have what it takes?
1st Place Team
2nd Place Team
2nd place trophy + virtual access to a Moneyball Academy guest speaker session + 2nd place certificates + swag
3rd Place Team
3rd place trophy + 3rd place certificates + swag
All Top-5 Teams