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 tables below show a breakdown of the statistics that are displayed on the Premier League website.

Player statistics

 2006/07 - Present  1992/93 - Present
          General
 Minutes played  Appearances
 Substituted on  Wins
 Substituted off  Draws
   Losses
          Attack
 Shots  Goals scored
 Shots on target  Goals per match
 Shooting accuracy %  
 Hit woodwork  
 Big chances missed  
 Goals from penalty  
 Goals from freekick  
 Goals with header  
 Goals with right/left foot  
          Team Play
 Assists  
 Passes  
 Passes per match  
 Key passes  
 Through balls  
 Accurate long balls  
 Crosses  
 Cross accuracy %  
 Corners  
          Defence 
 Clean sheets  Own goals
 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  
 Fouls  
          Goalkeeper
 Saves  
 Penalties saved  
 Punches  
 High claims  
 Catches  
 Sweeper clearances  
 Throw outs  
 Goal kicks  
          Discipline 
 Fouls  Yellow cards
 Offsides  Red cards

Club statistics

 2006/07 - Present  1992/93 - Present
          General
 Substitutions on  Wins
   Draws
   Losses
          Attack
 Shots  Goals scored
 Shots on target  Goals per match
 Shooting accuracy  
 Hit woodwork  
 Goals from penalty  
 Goals from freekick  
 Goals from header  
 Goals from inside/outside box  
 Goals from counter attack  
          Team Play
 Passes  
 Passes per match  
 Pass accuracy %  
 Through balls  
 Long balls  
 Backwards passes  
 Crosses  
 Cross accuracy %  
 Corners  
          Defence
 Tackles  Clean sheets
 Tackle success %  Goals conceded
 Last man tackles  Own goals
 Blocks  
 Interceptions  
 Clearances  
 Headed clearances  
 Aerial battles won  
 Caught opponent offside  
 Penalties conceded  
 Goals conceded from penalty  
 Errors leading to goal  
          Discipline
 Fouls  Yellow cards
 Offsides  Red cards

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.