Visualising sports data

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

7 - @mattjpsmith has scored seven goals in three appearances for @bcfctweets against @TheGillsFC Magnificent. 17 hours ago

138 - Shola Ameobi has made more substitute appearances in Premier League history than any other player. Return. 23 hours ago

7 – Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games in London. Capitalist. 29 Jan

5 - The five teams, other than Leicester, to score five goals against Man Utd in a PL game can be found here: instagram.com/p/yb8wU6ub3s Answer. 29 Jan

5 - Can you name the 5 teams, other than Leicester City, to score 5 goals against @ManUtd in a single PL game? instagram.com/optajoe Quiz. 29 Jan

1 - It is exactly one year since Aston Villa were last awarded a penalty in any competition (Benteke v West Brom). Spotless. 29 Jan

21 - The 2015 Capital One Cup Final will be the 21st major final that Tottenham Hotspur have played in. Glory. 28 Jan

3 - Sheffield United have not scored three goals in a League Cup game since August 2008. Target. 28 Jan

12 - Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 games away from home in all competitions. Susceptible. 28 Jan

3 - Fernando Torres has scored with all three of his shots on target since returning to Atletico Madrid. Resurrected. 28 Jan

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.

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