Valladolid, June 5th, 2024.- The integration between data analytics and sports performance has become critical in the dynamic and evolving landscape of professional sports. The recent collaboration between Sports Data Campus and Portland Thorns FC marks a significant stride in leveraging data and technology to enhance decision-making processes within the realm of women’s soccer.

Sports Data Campus has continually evolved, forging strategic partnerships with top-tier soccer clubs to drive innovation in sport. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, Sports Data Campus students are equipped with the tools necessary to empower the sports landscape.

Portland Thorns FC: A Legacy of Excellence

Founded in 2012, the Portland Thorns FC has emerged as an example of excellence within the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). As the female counterpart to the renowned Portland Timbers, the Thorns have etched their name in the timeline of women’s soccer history with a string of impressive accomplishments.

In their inaugural season, the Thorns made an indelible mark on the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), clinching the league’s first-ever championship title. This triumph served as a testament to the team’s formidable talent and unyielding determination. Building upon their initial success, the Thorns continued to dominate the NWSL landscape, securing the NWSL Shield in 2016 and claiming a second NWSL Championship in 2017.

The Thorns’ pursuit of greatness persisted into the following years, with the team adding to their illustrious trophy cabinet. In 2020, amidst unprecedented challenges, the Thorns emerged victorious in the Community Shield, boasting the best record in the NWSL Fall Series. The momentum carried into 2021, as the Thorns clinched multiple titles, including the NWSL Challenge Cup, the Women’s International Champions Cup, and the coveted NWSL Shield.

A Synergistic Collaboration: Empowering Performance through Data

The collaboration between Sports Data Campus and Portland Thorns FC seeks to harness the power of data and analytics to drive the highest performance on the pitch. Through this agreement, Portland Thorns FC gains access to a group of talented Sports Data Campus students ready to empower the way data is used in the women’s soccer arena.

In the words of David Sáez, CEO of Sports Data Campus: “Being able to add the Portland Thorns Football Club to our ecosystem of collaborators is really important for us, not only for the simple fact of starting to collaborate with one of the main teams of the NWSL but also because it is a Club with a clear commitment to Innovation and Data Analytics. I want to personally thank the people at the Club and especially Mike Smith for making this agreement possible, with the conviction that our students will be able to contribute to this collaboration with the realization of really relevant projects«

Key components of the collaboration include:

    • Practical Application of Knowledge: Portland Thorns FC will have the opportunity to host students from Sports Data Campus for practical training sessions, allowing them to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios. By integrating students into various teams and categories within the club, Portland Thorns will benefit from fresh perspectives and innovative solutions.

    • Project Proposals and Mentorship: The collaboration facilitates the submission of Master’s projects by Portland Thorns FC, tailored to address specific challenges or objectives. Sports Data Campus will work in tandem with the club to define project scopes, while assigning dedicated mentors to oversee project development. This symbiotic relationship ensures the optimal execution of projects, driving meaningful outcomes for both parties.

    • Knowledge Exchange and MasterClasses: Professionals from Portland Thorns FC will have the opportunity to impart their expertise through MasterClasses, offering students invaluable insights into the inner workings of the club and its analytical ecosystem. This exchange of knowledge fosters a collaborative learning environment, where theoretical concepts are brought to life through real-world examples.

    • Future Collaborative Initiatives: The collaboration sets the stage for the co-design of collaborative training courses tailored to the interests of both Portland Thorns FC and Sports Data Campus. By aligning educational offerings with the evolving needs of the club, this proactive approach ensures continued growth and innovation in sports analytics.

As the sports landscape continues to evolve, the collaboration between Sports Data Campus and Portland Thorns FC serves as a example of innovation and progress. By harnessing the power of data and technology, both entities are poised to redefine the standards of performance excellence in women’s soccer. Through shared expertise, practical application, and a commitment to continuous improvement, this collaboration sets a precedent for future partnerships in the realm of sports analytics. Together, Sports Data Campus and Portland Thorns FC are charting a course towards a future where data-driven decision-making becomes synonymous with on-field success.