Applying and generating game analysis data

While the current 20 students in the M.A. Game Analysis pass their final examinations and prepare their master's thesis, the program organization is already looking at the next group: The application phase is running for the start of the studies in October 2021. Interested parties can apply until the end of June.

The course is aimed at university graduates with first professional experience in the field of game analysis, who generate data in different sports games and apply them in practice or report on sports practice with the help of data. One focus is on the sport of football; Other sports games such as basketball, handball and hockey are also discussed in terms of content.

"The M.A. Game Analysis is the first accredited Master's degree programme in Europe that only conveys content from the field of game analysis," says Univ.-Prof. Daniel Memmert. The training objective: "Our graduates play an important key role at the interface between science and practice. They translate relevant findings from science into practice, and at the same time examine practical questions using scientific methods," says Memmert. The continuing education master's degree programme has been running every two years since the winter semester 2015/16 at the German Sport University Cologne. It is completed in four semesters by 20 participants each.

In addition to the teachers of the Institute for Training Science and Sports Informatics, external experts from the field of game analysis also pass on their expertise to the students. Well-known guests offer exciting insights into their field of work and their handling of match analysis data, for example, Rael Pelez, chief analyst at FC Barcelona, and Dr. Stephan Nopp, game analyst of the German national football team. Most recently, Steffen Simon, head of sport at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, also gave the participants an impression of the importance of match analysis data in football coverage and how football commentators use statistics for their preparation for a match and also during and after a match.

The further education master's degree course usually lives from the presence on the Spoho campus, the visit of live sports, the exchange with the fellow students and the networking with the speakers. "We recently conducted the curriculum completely online, which worked perfectly. Nevertheless, we hope, of course, that our participants, who start the winter semester 2021/22, will be able to make more presence in the presence," explains study programme coordinator Marius Pokolm.

For further information on study content, application procedures and fees, please visit:

Institute of Training Science and Sports Informatics
Course leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Memmert
Course coordination: Marius Pokolm
Tel.: +49 221 4982-2060