Visualising sports data

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

4 - FC Basel have lost just four of their 14 Champions League games against English sides (W5 D5 L4). Tricky. #UCLDraw 27 seconds ago

306 - The 2017/18 Champions League group stage saw a total of 306 goals scored; the most in a group stage campaign… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

4 - This is the first time since 2006-07 that four English sides have finished first in their respective groups in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

5 - England are the first nation to have five different teams qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League (since 2003-04). Party. 6 Dec

2017 - For a reminder on how xG is calculated & what the metric means, we created a handy guide this summer. Remind… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 hours ago

4.09 - Christian Benteke has the highest xG total of all players yet to score a Premier League goal in 2017/18 (4.0… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 hours ago

46 - Manchester City's 46-point total after 16 games this season was enough to secure 8th position in the Premier L… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

9 – Jose Mourinho has lost more matches in all competitions against Pep Guardiola than versus any other manager. Fo… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

14 - Man City's 14-game winning run is the joint-best in the English top-flight alongside Arsenal's run between Feb… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

14 – Man City have won their last 14 league games in a row – the most by a team in a single English top-flight seas… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 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

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