Visualising sports data

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

8 - Robin van Persie's PL goals/games at Man Utd by year: 2012: 20 games, 14 goals 2013: 29 games, 19 goals 2014: 21 games, 8 goals. Fade. 25 minutes ago

1 - Wayne Rooney's first PL goal, his first PL goal for Man Utd and his 100th PL goal all came against Arsenal. Nemesis. 33 minutes ago

252 - Lionel Messi overtook Telmo Zarra as all-time top scorer in La Liga history. Legend. 2 hours ago

153 - Cesc Fabregas attempted 153 passes against West Brom, more than any other player in a single PL game this season. Strings. 3 hours ago

17 - 17 points from 12 games is Arsenal’s worst ever start in the Premier League. Flat. 3 hours ago

20 - Angel Di Maria has now recorded 20 league assists in 2014, more than any other player in the top five European leagues. Provider. 3 hours ago

11 - Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history. Gunned. 3 hours ago

0 - Manchester United failed to register a shot on target in the first half against Arsenal. Wayward. 4 hours ago

1 - Manchester United have lost just one of their last 14 matches against Arsenal in all competitions (W10 D3 L1). Scupper. 5 hours ago

1 - Keeping track of Arsenal v Manchester United in Indonesia is @OptaJaya, the latest member of the Opta family. Welcome. 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