Visualising sports data

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

22 - Tonight was Aston Villa's 430th PL home game but the 22nd lowest attendance they've recorded at Villa Park in the PL (25,311). Sparse. 1 hours ago

2 - Nathaniel Clyne has scored two goals in 12 PL apps this season, after managing only one in 59 PL apps before 2014-15. Upswing. 2 hours ago

11 - Eleven of Darren Bent's last 12 Premier League appearances for Villa have come as a substitute. Peripheral. 2 hours ago

1 - Southampton's first shot of the second half came in the 67th minute. Frustrated. 2 hours ago

3 - This is only the third time Southampton have trailed at half-time in the PL this season. They lost the previous two games. Pointer. 3 hours ago

439 - Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal ended a run of 439 minutes without conceding in the PL for Southampton. Stunner. 3 hours ago

5 - Soton's last 5 PL games on a Monday have each seen a different man in charge: Sturrock, Wigley, Adkins, Pochettino & Koeman. Variety. 4 hours ago

We look at all the important statistics as Aston Villa look to halt Southampton's fine form: 5 hours ago

23 - Aston Villa have hit only 23 shots on target all season in the Premier League, eight fewer than Sergio Aguero has on his own. Shy. 5 hours ago

1 - Aston Villa have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games on a Monday (6-1 v Sunderland in April 2013). Crumbs. 5 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.

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