I have written a number of posts about the availability of web sites that provide secondary data to analyse performance in sport.
I have another source to share.
Earlier this week Sachin Nakrani of the Guardian UK posted a story about Opta.
Opta was formed in 1996 “by a group of friends who used to log match statistics while watching play unfold at their local pub”. Sachin reports that:
the company is now global, collecting data on 30 sports across 70 countries from their nine offices in Europe, the United States and Australia. The hub of the operation is in London, with Opta’s head office, located in spitting distance of Waterloo station, a hive of activity and anticipation for the new Premier League season. Once again it will be they who stock newspaper, radio and television coverage of top-flight fixtures with statistics, covering everything from goals scored to total flick-ons made by the losing team’s centre-forward.
The company offers Data Scout and Video Scout services. The Video Scout service draws on the 25,000 video record’s in the company’s archive.
I like Opta’s tag line:
Very interesting. I’m actually a bit surprised you didn’t already know about it!
I am always pleasantly surprised when I find information like this. I seem to have missed it since 1996!