Statistics Explained

Find out more about the different categories of statistics available on the Premier League website

When the Premier League began in 1992/93, only a basic level of match data was gathered. Over time this has increased and since 2006/07 a wide range of statistics are now provided.

The information below shows a breakdown of the statistics on the Premier League website and the season this data originated. 

Player Statistics

1992/93 - Present

General: Appearances, Wins, Draws, Losses

Attack: Goals scored, Goals per match

Teamplay: Assists

Defence: Own goals, Clean sheets

Goalkeeping: n/a

Discipline: Yellow cards, Red cards

2006/07 - Present

General: Minutes played, Substituted on, Substituted off

Attack: Shots, Shots on target, Shooting accuracy, Hit woodwork, Big chances missed, Goals from penalty, Goals from freekick, Goals with header, Goals with right/left foot

Teamplay: Passes, Passes per match, Key passes, Short/Long passes, Long balls, Through balls, Crosses, Cross accuracy, Corners

Defence: Goals conceded, Tackles, Tackle success, Last man tackles, Blocks, Interceptions, Clearances, Headed clearances, Clearances off line, Recoveries, Duels won/lost, Aerial battles won/lost, Errors leading to goal, Penalties conceded

Goalkeeping: Saves, Penalties saved, Punches, High claims, Catches, Sweeper clearances, Throw outs, Goal kicks

Discipline: Fouls, Offsides

Club Statistics

1992/93 - Present

General: Wins, Draw, Losses

Attack: Goals scored, Goals per match

Teamplay: n/a

Defence: Clean sheets, Goals conceded, Own goals

Discipline: Yellow cards, Red cards

2006/07 - Present

General: Substitutions on

Attack: Shots, Shots on target, Shooting accuracy, Hit woodwork, Goals from penalty, Goals from freekick, Goals with header, Goals from inside/outside box, Goals from counter attack

Teamplay: Passes, Passes per match, Pass accuracy, Short/Long passes, Backward passes, Long balls, Through balls, Crosses, Cross accuracy, Corners

Defence: Tackles, Tackle success, Last man tackles, Blocks, Interceptions, Clearances, Headed clearances, Aerial battles won, Caught opponent offside, Penalties conceded, Goals conceded from penalty, Errors leading to goal

Discipline: Fouls, Offsides

Data capture

Official Premier League performance data is collected and analysed by Opta (www.optasports.com), part of Perform Content, a division of Perform Group (www.performgroup.com).

Live data is collected by a three-person team covering each match. Two highly trained analysts use a proprietary video-based collection system to gather information on what happens every time a player touches the ball, which player it was and where on the pitch the action occurred.

Alongside them, a quality control analyst has the ability to rewind the video feed frame-by-frame in order to make certain that the information being distributed is as precise and consistent as possible.

All the Premier League data collected is then subject to an exhaustive post-match check to ensure accuracy.