Stats Perform and Second Spectrum launch Premier League’s ‘most comprehensive’ data pool

Newly created insights feed gives fans access to more metrics during 2020/21 season.

by Steven Impey

Stats Perform and Second Spectrum launch Premier League’s ‘most comprehensive’ data pool
  • Second Spectrum tracking provides player and ball coordinates 25 times a second
  • Additional metrics include distance from goal, shot velocity and passing options
  • Premier League says data feed will ‘provide a new perspective’ for storytelling

US-based sports analytics firm Stats Perform has launched what it describes as its ‘most comprehensive and robust’ soccer data stream ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The new insights feed is a collaboration between Stats Perform, the Premier League’s official statistics partner, and the competition's official tracking partner, Second Spectrum.

Stats Perform’s and Second Spectrum’s respective events and tracking feeds will be synchronised to provide ‘tactical information not previously available’ to fans.

As part of the collaboration, Second Spectrum’s automated tracking technology will identify the precise coordinates of each player and the ball on the field of play 25 times a second.

The feed includes a wide range of metrics and data points such as distance from the closest defender and the goal, shot velocity, passing options, and off-ball runs. Stats Perform said that there is also scope for the feed ‘to evolve over time’. 

‘This new insights feed opens up new storytelling never been seen in the media world before,’ Stats Perform said in a statement. ‘Premier League supporters can expect fresh new insights around their favourite teams and players using this new data and we believe it offers tremendous opportunities for the next generation of football fans.’

The Premier League said: ‘As the world’s most-watched sports league, we are delighted to partner with two innovative partners in Stats Perform and Second Spectrum, who have combined to produce a new insights feed that will enhance storytelling and provide a new perspective of the Premier League to all our fans.’

Second Spectrum added: ‘We are excited to show how together we can both improve our understanding of the intricacies of the game and simultaneously move the game forward with the best data and insights that the sport deserves.’