Visualising sports data

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

3 - @Carra23 scored as many goals for Tottenham as he did for Liverpool in his @premierleague career. Unintentional. 9 hours ago

28 - Arturo Vidal has scored more goals in Serie A over the last three seasons than any other midfielder. Engine. #Goal50 16 hours ago

20 - Lionel Messi has scored 20+ goals in each of the last six La Liga seasons, netting 28 times during 2013/14. Colossus. #Goal50 16 hours ago

16 - Thomas Muller has played a hand in 16 goals in just 13 World Cup appearances in his career, 10 goals and six assists. Danger. #Goal50 16 hours ago

6 - Sergio Ramos scored 6 times in his last 7 appearances of 2013/14 for Real Madrid, including the Champions League final. Vital. #Goal50 17 hours ago

20 - Thibaut Courtois kept more clean sheets in La Liga last season (20) than any other goalkeeper. Repellent. #Goal50 17 hours ago

12 - James Rodriguez (12) provided more assists in Ligue 1 during 2013/14 than any other player. Star. #Goal50 17 hours ago

89 - Arjen Robben played a part in a goal every 89 mins during 2013/14 (all competitions - 21 goals and 14 assists). Threat. #Goal50 17 hours ago

31 - Despite missing 5 games, Luis Suarez scored more goals (31) and had more shots (152) in the 2013/14 PL than any player. Busy. #Goal50 17 hours ago

17 - Cristiano Ronaldo scored 17 times during the 2013/14 Champions League; a record for a single European Cup season. History. #Goal50 17 hours ago

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