Make your first request

It's time to make your first API request. Maybe you've missed it, but we've explained how our API works in our Getting Started page. For your convenience, we've copied the content on this page as well. Already followed all these steps? Then let's get started by setting your own time zone.


To make our first request, we’ll need a way to get authenticated first. Football API 2.0 utilizes API tokens for the authentication of requests. You can obtain your free API token here. API tokens can be viewed and managed in My Sportmonks. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be working with an API token from the free plan. The free plan only has the Danish Superliga (league id: 271) and the Scottish Premiership (league id: 501) included.

Example API token: [HdoiD312ND….]

The API token is only meant for your eyes and, as such, should be stored away safely.

Our tokens have no expiration date and will remain valid until you manually delete them yourself. Football API 2.0 utilizes response codes to indicate successful and failed API requests. When making a request, a code response will always be returned. See below for a shortlist of possible code responses:

Code number



Successful request and data was returned


Part of the request is malformed; the exact reason can be found in the response


Request is not authenticated


Unauthorized request to access data from an ineligible plan


You have reached the response rate limit of your plan


Internal error with our servers

With our token in hand, we can finally make the first request!

Your first request

Now that all prerequisites have been fulfilled, we’re ready to send our first request to the API!

Build the request

The request consists of the following components:

  • The base URL

  • A path parameter, in this example, we use [leagues]

  • A query string parameter, this is optional, so we leave this out for now

  • And finally, your API token

Base URL
Base URL

An example of a correctly authenticated request would be:

Field description
"data": [
"id": 271,
"active": true,
"type": "domestic",
"legacy_id": 43,
"country_id": 320,
"logo_path": "",
"name": "Superliga",
"is_cup": false,
"current_season_id": 17328,
"current_round_id": 199450,
"current_stage_id": 77447994,
"live_standings": true,
"coverage": {
"predictions": true,
"topscorer_goals": true,
"topscorer_assists": true,
"topscorer_cards": true
Field description




Opens an array of data you've requested


A unique league id


Indicates if the league is active or not. Possible values are 'true' or 'false'


Indicates what kind of league this is. Possible values: 'domestic', 'cup', 'international'. More values can be found here


This was for our API version 1.0. It's only of use for old users of our API


The unique country id the league is played in


The logo URL path of the league


The name of the league


Indicates if the league is a cup or not. Possible values are 'true' or 'false'


The unique id of the current season


The unique id of the current round


The unique id of the current stage


Indicates if the league covers live standings


Opens an array of partial coverage for the league


Indicates if the league covers predictions


Indicates if the league covers goal topscorers


Indicates if the league covers assists topscorers


Indicates if the league covers cards topscorers

This request will return all of the leagues eligible for our free plan, which are the Danish Superliga (league id: 271) and the Scottish Premiership (league id: 501). You can view them by clicking on the second tab.

What can you do with the data?

The above example was the most basic of basic requests and our advanced and highly flexible football API 2.0 can handle much more than that.

With the data that our API provides you, you too will be able to create excellent applications. Here are two examples of SportMonks’ partners who have made brilliant applications. Throughout all our documentation pages you will find more examples, ranging from betting and odds websites to fantasy games and live score tracking websites.

Code libraries

There are various options as to how you’d like to send the request. Our API is compatible with an incredible number of developer languages