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FBref: Leagues! 🇵🇹 Leagues! 🇧🇷 Leagues! 🇲🇽 Expanded Women’s and Men’s Data! New Data Partner!

25th October 2022

In our quest to show the most data possible, FBref has taken a major step forward this week. We have dramatically expanded our coverage of leagues and competitions with advanced stats.

In addition to our in-depth data for the Big Five Competitions (England, France, Germany, Italy & Spain), Champions League, Europa League, and MLS, we have added coverage of Women's Football for current seasons (and in some cases historical seasons) for:

  • 🇺🇸 American NWSL
  • 🏆 Women's Champions League
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English Super League
  • 🇦🇺 Australian A-League
  • 🇫🇷 French Division 1 Feminine
  • 🇩🇪 German Frauen-Bundesliga
  • 🇮🇹 Italian Serie A
  • 🇪🇸 Spanish Liga F
  • 🏆 Women's World Cup and Euros

But wait, there's more. On the Men's side we are adding more depth to our coverage including our first in-depth coverage of Latin American Football.

  • 🇳🇱 Dutch Eredivisie
  • 🇵🇹 Portuguese Primeira Liga
  • 🇧🇷 Brazilian Serie A
  • 🇲🇽 Mexican Liga MX
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English Championship
  • 🏆 Conmebol Copa Libertadores
  • 🏆 Men's World Cup, Euros and Copa America

Expanding access to data is a core value at Sports Reference, so we had to make changes to provide this level of coverage. We are pleased to announce that we are now a partner with Stats Perform Opta. Opta's data has replaced the previous data from StatsBomb on our site in all cases. This new partnership is the largest data deal we've ever signed and represents a huge commitment by FBref to advance access to Women's football data throughout the world. We are grateful for the long-term commitment that Stats Perform has made to us. And if you all flock to the site in the way we expect, this is just the start of the data we may present over the life of our partnership with Stats Perform.

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A Plethora of Historical NFL Awards Data Added to PFR

4th March 2022

Thanks to the research of John Turney, we have made a big addition in our coverage of historical awards given to the NFL's top players. With this addition, more context can be given to which players were considered the best in various categories. Here follows a list of the latest additions we have made:

Again, a big thanks to John Turney for collecting and providing this data. Turney's name may be familiar as we have also credited him in our addition of AP award voting breakdown data as well as pre-1982 sacks. If you have any suggestions or feedback, feel free to contact us directly via our feedback form.

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Football Stathead Adds New Search Filter Options

25th February 2022

As we did with Hockey Stathead a couple weeks ago, our team has rolled out some improvements to the Player Season Finder on Football Stathead. Whereas before, there were three search types, we've now doubled the number of options available to six!

The original options are still there on the top, allowing you to search for single season stats, multiple season or career stats, and players who achieved the search criteria in multiple seasons. However, there's also three new options

Find most players in a season matching criteria

This option shows the number of players in a given season who match the criteria you're searching. So, for example, say you're looking up players who threw for 4,000 passing yards in a season. With this criteria, you could see which season had the most players posting 4,000 or more yards.

Find most players on a team in a season matching criteria

This option will allow you to search for teams that had multiple players accomplish the same statistical feat in a single season. For example, this will let you see the seven teams that had multiple 1,000 yard rushers in the same season. Or you could utilize our historic sack data to see all the teams since 1960 with multiple 10-sack players in a season.

Find most players for a team in combined seasons or careers matching criteria

The final new option gives you the ability to look up which franchises had the most players achieve your given statistical thresholds. Unlike the other two new searches, which involve single seasons, this searches a span of years, whether you want that to encompass the entirety of NFL history or just a decade or era. For example, the Packers had the most 50-TD scorers of any NFL franchise with 15, while the Ravens have had the most Pro Bowlers since 2010, with 32.

If you're not a Stathead Football subscriber, you can have access these new improvements and all the other amazing tools for a month totally free by signing up for a free trial! Or check out our All Sports package to see the great tools available for Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey as well.

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Provisional 2021 Approximate Value Now on PFR

13th January 2022

With the season concluded, we're pleased to report that we've added 2021 Approximate Value (AV) numbers to the site for all NFL players. Note that these numbers are just provisional right now; the final numbers will be released after the All-Pro teams are announced.

Update: All-Pro teams have since been announced so 2021 Approximate Value has since been finalized.

Josh Allen leads 2021 players with 19 AV, and Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, Cooper Kupp and Micah Parsons close behind at 18. You can see all of the top players in this Stathead.com Player Season Finder search.

Not sure what AV is? To learn more about PFR's attempt to put a single number on each player-season since 1960 (for the purposes of comparing players across position and era), check out this link. Feel free to send us feedback via our site's form.

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Stathead Adds Player Filters to More Tools and Focuses on Filter Standardization

24th November 2021

Today we released two fairly substantial updates for Stathead. These updates are early steps in our internal “Stathead Unification” project. While Stathead is the most powerful research tool in sports, we knew that spending some time on the organization and consistency of these amazing features would make it even better. This is the first of many updates related to this effort.

Filter by Player

For a long time, many of our Finders have allowed you to filter by player. For example, if you’d like to search for all multi-home run games in Barry Bonds’ career (sorted by date) or games in which Wilt Chamberlain did NOT score 20 points (sorted by minutes), you can.

Previously, you could only get to those filtered views from the player’s page on their respective Reference site.

Screenshot of Finder links on Reference site

Now you can filter by player right from Stathead.

Screenshot of new Stathead interface with Player Selector

This functionality is new for the following Finders:

  • Baseball
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Split Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Span Finder
  • Basketball
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Span Finder
    • Player Quarter Finder
    • Event Finder
    • Lineup Finder
    • Plus-Minus Finder
    • WNBA Player Game Finder
  • Football
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Touchdown Finder
    • Player Split Finder
    • Field Goal Finder
  • Hockey
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Advanced Stats Finder

Filter Movement

These filters all can be found in new locations. We reorganized these filters to be much more consistent from tool to tool but also from sport to sport. Now when you’re looking for the “Opponent” filter in any Finder, you’ll always go to “Game Filters”. Previously, it was sometimes a top-level filter. Sometimes it was a Team Filter. Sometimes it was a Player Filter. Now it’s always a Game Filter. There are many more examples below, itemized so you’ll know exactly where to find the filter you’re looking for.

This new organization also sets us up well for the next phase of this project—adding even more filters so our tools have more similar features across all sports.

Player Season Finder

  • Baseball
    • No. Franchises Played For: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Height: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Weight (lbs.): Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Debut: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Final year: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Month of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Day of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Death: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
  • Basketball
    • Team: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • League: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Position: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Birth Country: Combined with “Birth State” into a new “Place of Birth” filter
    • Birth State: Combined with “Birth Country” into a new “Place of Birth” filter
    • Year (of Player’s Career): Moved from “Status Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • College: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • All Star Selection: Combined with “All Star Selections” (“Number of Years Selected” option appears when running a multiple season search)
    • All Star Selections: Combined with “All Star Selection” (“Number of Years Selected” option appears when running a multiple season search)
  • Football
    • Position: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Draft Filters: Moved to “Biographical Filters”
    • Pro-Bowl: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Status Filters”
    • All-Pro: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Status Filters”

Player Game Finder

  • Baseball
    • Opponent: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Game Result: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
  • Football
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Status Filters: Moved to “Player Filters”
    • QB Credited With: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”

Team Game Filter

  • Baseball
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Game Number: Renamed “Span of Games” and moved from “Game Filters” to top-level
  • Football
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • All Opponent-based Filters: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters” (for example, Opponent, Opponent Conference, Opp was a playoff team, Opp played in Super Bowl, etc.
  • Hockey
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Playoffs: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"

Player Split Finder

  • Football
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”

Player Streak Finder

  • Baseball
    • Streak Start or End: Moved from “Player Filters” to top level.
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Had Double-Double: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Had Triple-Double: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Role: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Football
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Position: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"

Team Streak Finder

  • Baseball
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Streak Won-Loss Events: Moved from “Streak Stat Events” to top-level.
  • Basketball
    • Game Type: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
    • Team: Moved from “Situation Filters” to “Team Filters”
    • League: Moved from “Situation Filters” to “Team Filters”
  • Football
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Overtime Game: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"
    • Situational Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”

Player Span Finder

  • Baseball
    • Active: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Hall of Fame: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • Year (of Player’s Career): Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • College: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Active: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Hall of Fame: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”

Team Span Finder

  • Baseball
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”

Basketball Team Score Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: Shot Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: Lineup Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: NBA Draft Finder

  • Biographical Filters: Renamed “Player Filters”

Football: Play Finder

  • Playoff Round: Now only appears when “Playoffs” is selected from “Game Type”
  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Drive Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Field Goal Finder

  • Kicking Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Draft Finder

  • Round: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Pick: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft Type: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft League: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft Team: Moved from “Pick Filters” to “Player Filters”

Football: NFL Combine Results

  • Statistical Filters: Renamed “Result Filters”

Hockey: Goal Finder

  • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”

Hockey: Player Advanced Stats Finder

  • Year (of player’s career): Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”

Hockey: NHL Draft Finder

  • Status Filters: Moved to “Player Filters”

In addition to moving filters, the order of filters is now much more consistent across different Finders and sports. For example, Status Filters will always be in the order “Rookie, Active, All Star (or All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, etc.), Hall of Fame” when those filters are available. Similarly, “Seasons” will always come before “Game Type”. There were many minor inconsistencies here that we rectified (too many to list).

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Basketball Reference Adds Pages For All Draftees in NBA History

9th November 2021

While Basketball Reference has been creating unique player pages for everyone selected in the NBA draft for the past couple of years, many people who never played in the NBA but were selected in the draft could only find their names in our draft tables. We have decided to rectify this by creating player pages for every draftee in NBA history, dating back to the inaugural 1947 BAA Draft. Due to historical drafts being much longer than the current two-round format, this has led to almost 4000 new player pages. These player pages include biographical information, links to relevant college/international pages and family connections where available.

Some notable people that are getting pages as a result of this addition:

- Len Bias, 2nd overall pick in the 1986 draft who tragically passed away days later
- Lusia Harris, 137th overall pick in the 1977 draft and the first woman ever selected
- Terry Stotts, 38th overall pick in the 1980 draft who went on to coach the Portland Trail Blazers
- Carl Lewis, 208th overall pick in the 1984 draft who had set Olympic track and field records
- Phil Elderkin, 205th overall pick in the 1973 draft who was a reporter selected as a joke by the Cavaliers' Bill Fitch
- Dave Winfield, 79th overall pick in the 1973 draft who went on to have a Hall of Fame career in Major League Baseball.
- Jay Bilas, 108th overall pick in the 1986 draft who went on to be a successful college basketball broadcaster

We give big thanks to data developer Charlotte Eisenberg for her time organizing and collecting data for this project.

Please let us know via our feedback form if you have any questions or comments.

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WNBA Player Game Finder and Player Comparison Finder added to Basketball Stathead

2nd August 2021

At the beginning of the WNBA's 25th season, we detailed a huge expansion of the advanced stats and features available in our WNBA coverage on Basketball Reference. This week we are proud to announce two new additions to our suite of Basketball Stathead search tools available for the WNBA, the Player Game Finder and Player Comparison Finder.

The Player Game Finder allows you to search through our entire database of regular season and playoff game logs for every player in every game in WNBA history. You can search by statistical criteria (i.e. points, rebounds, etc.), player characteristics (age, team, etc.) and game filters (location, result, etc).

Here's a few examples to get you started:

Most games with at least 10 assists in a season
All regular season and playoff triple-doubles in WNBA history
Most career 25-point games

The Player Comparison Finder allows you to compare the regular season and playoff statistics of up to six WNBA players for a single season or combined seasons. You can view statistical totals, per game, per 100 possessions and per 36 minutes; you can also view advanced stats (PER, Win Shares, etc.) for each of the players.

For example, here’s a comparison of Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi in their first WNBA season.

We hope you enjoy this addition to our WNBA coverage and Stathead. If you're interested in a subscription to the product, you can sign up for a free trial here!

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Hockey-Reference Adds NHL Game Logs Back to 1917-18

20th July 2021

In a huge addition, we at Hockey-Reference are glad to announce that we now have all NHL regular season box scores available back to the beginning of the NHL, the 1917-18 season. With this, we can now fill out the gamelogs section of many great players' careers. For example, you could now find Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito's excellent 1970-71 seasons when Orr finished with a career high 139 points and Esposito set the then-record of 76 goals in one season. Bernie Parent's 1973-74 season of 12 shutouts can now be examined easily. Gordie Howe's extensive NHL career, beginning with his rookie season in 1946-47, has game logs now.

All of these game logs are also searchable on Stathead now, which is also a great new asset to have. Looking for most goals by a player in a game will now lead you to Joe Malone's record day in 1920, when he scored seven for Quebec in what ended up being a 10-6 victory over the Toronto St. Patricks. While the top of the list of most saves in a shutout doesn't change, Jacques Plante's 52-save shutout in 1955 now properly appears in the top 5 thanks to this addition. We should put a reminder that there are some categories, such as saves and shots against, that were not recorded in the earlier days of the league.

So now there's a lot more history to dig through, and we hope you enjoy our presentation of the "new" box scores! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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AP Award Voting Breakdowns and Award Shares Now on PFR

15th July 2021

One important piece to interpreting a sport's history is looking at who the media of the time selected as the top players to award, but you can also get some important context by looking at the other players who were in serious consideration for those awards. With that in mind, we're happy to announce the addition of voting breakdown data for the Associated Press' Most Valuable Player, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards. You can find this information in the Football Award Voting Summaries section of our Awards index. Just taking a random example of 1982, you can see Mark Moseley's narrow win over Dan Fouts in the MVP race, as well as Marcus Allen's unanimous OROY win and the runners-up to Lawrence Taylor in the DPOY race.

Having this data also allows us to calculate career Award Shares. For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is the sum of the percentage of maximum votes they received over the course of their career. For example, a unanimous MVP like Lamar Jackson in 2019 gets 1.0 Award Share for that award, while 2016 Matt Ryan got 25 out of the possible 50 votes, so that's 0.5 Award Shares for that win. We have links to the career MVP, OPOY and DPOY award shares leaderboards on our Leaders index. Award shares and rank for each season they received votes will also be available in the Awards and Honors table on player pages, so you can more quickly see that in addition to Aaron Donald's 3 DPOY awards so far, he's also received at least a vote in every DPOY ballot since his sophomore season.

Some coverage notes:

  • MVP voting breakdowns available since 1957. 100% complete back to 1986. 1961 and 1975 MVP vote totals still missing. AP did not give out awards in 1960.
  • OPOY voting breakdowns available since 1972. 100% complete back to 1986. 1975 and 1985 OPOY vote totals still missing.
  • DPOY voting breakdowns available since 1971. 100% complete back to 1988. 1985 DPOY vote totals still missing.

We want to give a big thanks to John Turney who compiled this historical voting data. Turney was also a contributor on the pre-1982 sacks data we announced recently.

If you have any questions, suggestions or even a lead on some of the still-waiting-to-be-discovered vote totals, feel free to contact us via our feedback form.

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Pre-1982 Sacks Added To Pro Football Reference

12th July 2021

The NFL has only officially counted player sacks since 1982, which means sack records and leaderboards present an incomplete history of pass rushing. In many cases we accept these holes in the official record and move on. After all, we don't know how many rushing yards Jim Thorpe had, passing yards Paddy Driscoll had or even how many blocked shots Wilt Chamberlain had. Heck, we don't even "officially" know how many tackles anyone had in 2020 (or any other season). However, thanks to Official Gamebooks, 'unofficial' tackle totals get published in many places (including here). In the case of sacks, thanks to decades of research by John Turney and Nick Webster, we have a very thorough accounting of the statistic all the way back to 1960. Given that accounting for these 'unofficial' statistics allows us to paint a richer picture of the history of the game, we think it is a no-brainer to present them on Pro Football Reference, allowing fans to gain a deeper appreciation of some of football's biggest stars in the 1960s and 1970s. This isn't terribly different from presenting RBI totals for baseball players from before 1920 (the first season the statistic was "official"). These additions allow us to print year-by-year and career sacks totals for not just legends such as Deacon Jones (173.5), Jack Youngblood (151.5), Alan Page (148.5), Carl Eller (133.5) and Joe Greene (77.5), but also for less recognized stars like Coy Bacon (130.5), Cedrick Hardman (122.5) and Jack Gregory (106.0) whose greatness and impact can now be more readily quantified.
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