List of Football API for EPL and so many more

List of Football API for EPL and so many more

Where can I actually find football/soccer data?

There are three main ways to get data. You can parse/scrape it from a hobbyist project/website, you can pay for it or you can try to collect it yourself.

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Open Source Data on Github

openfootball – aka football.db

openfootball (aka football.db) has started a free, open source public domain football database. The data is historical data, meaning no lives scores but the data does include the schedule, teams and players for the 2014 World Cup along with global league data. This is a very promising project and has the potential to be the definitive source for historical data for the public. See the opensport Google Group for discussion and questions. The data is stored in various repos on github. Consider contributing any data you have yourself and be sure to thank Gerald Bauer. All the various repos can be intimidating. A good place to start is at github.com/openfootball.

An example of the plain text (custom format):

Check out the following github organizations for more listings:

There is also an open source football.db HTTP JSON(P) API for demo purposes. Example Endpoints:

jokecamp/FootballData

jokecamp/FootballData – my own hodgepodge of JSON and CSV Football/Soccer data on GitHub with a focus on the EPL

soccerstats.us

soccerstats.us is github organization with multiple repositories for sets of data (with a focus on North American data). The parser is written in python and looks like it was designed to parse the rsssf.com text data.

Other smaller Projects/Repos

Free APIs

football-data.org (beta)

football-data.org is a RESTful API in beta with regularly updated data. If you register for a free API keyyou will get CORS support. I recommend registering for a key to show your support and help the service track usage. However, a key is not required yet so you can try out the endpoints right now. I am excited to see this API grow and mature!

Available endpoints

Some example calls:

Example JSON output for a team:

openfooty API

openfooty API had promising API documentation but a quick look at the developer forums shows a stale community and questions about why no one seems to actually be able to get a developer key.

Subscription Services/APIs

football-api

football-api.com is a paid API service but does offer the English Premier League endpoints for free (demo use). The API will restrict by IP addresses and limit calls based on your package. Includes endponts for Competitions, teams, standings, live scores, fixtures and commentaries. See the pricing page. Prices range from $15 to $200 per month.

Example endpoints:

CrowdScores and FastestLiveScores API

CrowdScores is a UK company that uses a crowd-sourcing football data collection process. You sign up for an account and report game events to their servers. They have iPhone and android apps for reporting. The collected data is then available as an API on FastestLiveScores.com. They currently offerthree different API tiers. Free trial ($0), Basic ($100 per month) and Pro (price unlisted). View the API documentation.

Example endpoints and parameters:

SPAPI

SPAPI offers subscriptions for a RESTful Sports API including live scores, player statistics, betting odds, pre-game data and match event data. The data response look pretty comprehensive.

Pricing:

Look at the example of one of the action data objects. It looks like data for a defensive clearance including x,y coordinates.

Example endpoints:

Pretty impressive but this level of detail comes at a price. Authentication method is a API key in querystring.

XMLSoccer.com

xmlsoccer.com is another subscription service. You can demo the service for free with the Scottish Premier League. The monthly pricing is 10 € per 1 month, 25 € per 3 months and 90 € per 12 months. You can browse the demo web methods here to see the types of calls availablehttp://www.xmlsoccer.com/FootballDataDemo.asmx and the WSDL. The data is only returned in XML.

Each call must provide an API Key. You can get a free demo API Key by registering.

Example results for a team

Player data

Open source Python client for XmlSoccer API

opta

opta is one of industry leaders. This is what the tv networks use and likely what the actual football clubs use for scouting. If only this data were public! However, opta Playground has a developer program that provides very limited access to historical data. The site reads “Opta can provide data for programmers wishing to develop a mobile app or website with selected historical data available to download.” You have to request permission in an email. I applied and they sent me the xml data set for 10 rounds of games from the start of the 2007/2008 Bundesliga 2. The more detailed game data had either x,y coordinates of game events. A very impressive dataset but it felt more like an advertisement. The data provided I had no interest in and I’m not sure why an indie developer would spend time working on a data set they could never afford. They even track this data point “Spectator on pitch.” Read this article FiveThirtyEight behind the scenes look at how opta tracks data (spoiler: young male gamers).

An example of an “event” in xml

prozone

prozone is another large commercial data provider.

Match Analysis

Match Analysis is another large commercial data provider that lists Fox Soccer Channel, US National Team and the MLS among their clients.

Other Websites

FootballSquads

footballsquads.co.uk has current and historical squad details for clubs (rosters) and national teams from all across the world for many leagues and competitions, including the 2014 World Cup squads.

And example of the squad/roster data:

Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)

Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) has massive collection of formatted plain text statistics.An example of English Premier leagues results.

Example of the data for table results:

and scores:

football-data.co.uk

football-data.co.uk is a betting and odds website that has made a lot of historical league data available as csv files. The data includes results and a lot of betting/odds related data. I have tried to aggregate and clean up the data in the following repo github.com/jokecamp/FootballData

Leagues and divisions included:

The key/legend of all the field abbreviations gives you idea of what is available in the CSV files:

european-football-statistics.co.uk

www.european-football-statistics.co.uk is a visually dated website but has a lot of historical football data (mostly an overview of league/tournament results) displayed in nice clean HTML tables. Looks like they already have 2014 EPL stats. The site claims “The target of this site is to collect european football statistics which are not easily found on internet.”

openligadb.db

openligadb.db has an old-school windows asmx web service with methods such as “GetGoalsByMatch()”

Wikipedia

Wikipedia – has a lot of structured data and is also crowd/public sourced. You can use their API to query then parse the data. It is very fragmented into specific pages making this a good source if you are looking for very specific team/player data. For example here is a table of Manchester United season results http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Manchester_United_F.C._seasons.

Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player’s Database

Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player’s Database contains a lot of HTML tables of “players who appeared for their clubs between 1946/47 and the end of the 2013/14 season and who have now left their clubs.” Here is a list of ex-Manchester United players.

Stats included are: NAME, POS, SEASONS, SOURCE, TRANSFERRED TO, APPS, GOALS

2015 Women’s World Cup Data

FIFA PDF files – includes unformatted data on participating teams, schedules and random statistics

world-cup-women on github – plain text file list of teams and schedule

2015 Women’s World Cup Wikipedia page – includes a great visual bracket view

2014 World Cup APIs

kimono labs 2014 World Cup Api – has a very nice restful API available. Free registration required to access the API. The API has a player, team, club, matches, and playerseasonstats endpoints. See thedocumentation and start making calls withe the API explorer

2014 World Cup JSON API – Soccer for Good – The API is available now. The author explains that the data is from a scraper so the availability is not guaranteed but should be available throughout the tournament. There are endpoints for teams, matches, today, tomorrow and current. The Ruby on Rails source code is available on Github

World Cup in JSON – an open source ruby project available at github.com/estiens/worldcupjson that scrapes a few sources and combines into an API. API is available at http://worldcup.sfg.io/matches

Unofficial FIFA.com JSON API for Mobile Apps This is unofficial and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is protected/unavailable soon. Until then its nice to see data straight from the source. Known endpoints:matches, teams or detailed match info

Deprecated/Retired – “The Graveyard of APIs”

ESPN API has an API for registered users (free). You can get a list of all the players in the EPL. However they are very limited in their data. They restrict all fixtures and scores to “strategic partners.” However, you can get lists of players and teams. The Public API is being retired on Monday, December 8, 2014Read the announcement

StatsFC used to have an restful JSON API of all EPL scores and fixtures. It was about $8 us dollars a month but was recently shut down. See their official statement. They still offer widgets and they plan on reviving their servies. See their comments at the bottom of the page.

Other Reading / Resources

opendata.stackexchange forum

Are there any open datasets for Soccer statistics? – keep your eye on this open data forum for more answers.

Linked Soccer Data

Linked Soccer Data (pdf) is a white paper on one group’s attempt to “create a dataset including reliable information about soccer events covering as many historical data as available including recent competition results.” Some dead links but worth a skim.

Fantasy Data

Even more links to explore

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This list was compiled by:

http://www.jokecamp.com/blog/guide-to-football-and-soccer-data-and-apis/