Visualising sports data

Opta's data is ideal to produce engaging and illuminating graphics for use in print or online coverage.

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114 - Only Peter Shilton (125) & David Beckham (115) won more England caps than Steven Gerrard (114). Retired. http://t.co/AKc66wohJG 21 Jul

78% - Borussia Dortmund won 78% of league matches with Mats Hummels last season, compared to just 36% without him. Leader. 21 Jul

27% - Of the players to score 40+ goals across the last 3 Bundesliga seasons, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has the best shot conversion rate. Deadly. 21 Jul

71 - Angel Di Maria (91) was the only Real Madrid player to create more chances than Isco last season in La Liga. Thread. 21 Jul

100 - Didier Drogba scored 100 goals and assisted another 54 in 226 Premier League appearances for @chelseafc between 2004 and 2012. Return? 21 Jul

692 - Dunga's total of 692 passes at the 1994 World Cup is the most recorded in a single tournament (1966-2014). Appointed. 20 Jul

21 - James Rodríguez was involved in 21 goals (nine goals, 12 assists) in the 2013/14 Ligue 1; more than any other Monaco player. Maverick. 20 Jul

20 - Daniel Sturridge’s goals won Liverpool 20 points last season, more than any other player in the Premier League. Pivotal. 19 Jul

10 - No Sunderland player scored more goals in all competitions last season than Fabio Borini (10). Premium. 19 Jul

Graphics for print & online

New and innovative data visualisations

Opta's unique data collection system enables us to capture exactly how the major events have occurred within any game, across a number of sports.

This means that not only can our data be used for simple panels and tables, they can also be used to highlight goals, tries, centuries and other major incidents in a more exciting and engaging way.

Graphics for print & online

Our data is collected live and tagged with x/y co-ordinates and time-stamps.  This means that it is ideal to highlight what happened and when.  This level of detail in a data feed means that Opta data is an excellent base to create graphics that highlight a particular move or series of incidents throughout a match or a season.

Highlight talking points and drive the debate

The use of graphics is a good way to back up the point of a star pundit or high-profile journalist.  They can be used to bring a report to life, or focus the attention of a pre-match report.

They can also be used to accompany big ticket features, interviews or seasonal review pieces.

Some graphical examples

The England bowler James Anderson uses innovative data visualisations on his official website, using Opta's detailed cricket data.

A cricket wagon wheel graphic, created using Opta data for BBC Sport.

The official website of Manchester City uses data visualisation to bring the online matchday experience to life.

The Hego touchscreen can integrate detailed Opta performance data such as player touch and pass maps.

Opta data used to create a kick radar

A new generation of cutting edge football analysis website is possible due to Opta's data. Highly detailed performance data is the new benchmark for footbal publishers worldwide. 

BBC use Opta Data for Match Graphics

ESPN Gamecast use Live Match data from Opta

ESPN Heat map uses opta data to track players movements on the pitch

Opta data is udes to compare Zidane and Plantini

The Guardian using Opta Chalkboards to show passes

Opta Match Stas for LigaBBVA