Free access to CPL’s Opta-driven fan data platform

The Canadian Premier League is providing free public access to the data collected by Stats Perform, the sports technology company, through the new ‘Centre Circle Data’ programme.

Opta, the sports data company owned by Stats Perform, was brought on board by the nascent North American football league in April in a four-year agreement to collect and manage data from all matches.

Centre Circle Data will allow fans, aspiring analysts, coaches and scouts with free access to detailed CPL club and match data via an email subscription on the official CanPL.ca website. Data sets offered include statistics on every touch of the ball, be it passes, shots, blocks or saves.

Oliver Gage, the CPL’s head of on-field performance and recruitment, said: “The ability for Canadian fans, aspiring analysts, scouts and coaches to access this data on our league is an essential part of a wider strategy to promote this side of the game in Canada. Empowering a community with the ability to hone their analysis skills, will no doubt help our clubs, players and Canadian soccer as a whole overall.”

Alex Rice, chief rights officer at Stats Perform, said that the CPL data collected by the company is at the same level as “some of the biggest football leagues in the world”.

Opta’s four-year contract with the CPL runs from 2019 to 2022. The data is also delivered through broadcast graphics, automated highlights and fantasy experiences. All seven CPL clubs also have access to tools and services provided by data and insights provider OptaPro.