Live, accurate and detailed

Our data collection operation spans the globe and is undertaken by teams of local expert analysts.

130 - Just three players (Fara Williams, Alex Scott & Karen Carney) have won more caps for @Lionesses than Casey St… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 hours ago

6 - Real Madrid’s special scorers en la Liga: 1 - Lazcano 1929 1000 - Pahiño 1950 2000 - Paco Gento 1963 3000 - Jua… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 19 hours ago

4 - Steve Davies has netted four goals in his last four FA Cup appearances for Rochdale. Saviour. 23 hours ago

8 - Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last six FA Cup games for Tottenham Hotspur. Winner. 23 hours ago

18 - Lucas Moura has been directly involved in 18 goals (12 goals, six assists) in his last 20 starts in all compet… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 18 Feb

6 - Ian Henderson has scored six goals in the FA Cup this season. No player has scored more (Will Grigg also six). Magic. 18 Feb

6 - Leeds have won each of their last six home matches against Bristol City in all competitions. Marching. 18 Feb

274 - Lucas Moura will make his first start in club football since 20th May 2017 for PSG against Caen, 274 days ago. Awaited. 18 Feb

2 - Robin van Persie has scored with both his shots on target this Eredivisie season. Sharp. 18 Feb

9 - Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Ipswich in all competitions (W6 D3) since losing 3-2 in April 2009. Bragging. 18 Feb

The data collection process

A network of global collection centres

Our data is collected in specialist data collections centres across the world.

We believe that it is a unique combination of cutting-edge collection technology and passionate, skilled experts that make our data the most impressive available anywhere.

Combined with an in-stadia data collection operation for some sports, we use propietary software that allows for deep, quick and accurate collection.

Consistent proprietary methodology

Opta is the only sports data business that collects and distributes full, time-stamped, contextual data live, featuring complete x/y co-ordinates (as well as z co-ordinates where applicable, such as shots in football), and a granularity of event type unique amongst data providers.  

An obsession with accuracy

In football alone our data collection methods allow us to collect between 1,600 and 2,000 individual actions from every game.  This is all collected and delivered live.  Three expert analysts will cover each match, one collecting all of the home team actions, one the away team and a third analyst checking the data for consistency and adding additional layers of data.

There will also be a full post-match check in the 48 hours following the match to ensure that the databases are as accurate as possible.

Our analysts in action

Our expert analysts collect live data.

Our data is rigourously checked to ensure accuracy. 

Our live, proprietary data collection software promotes consistancy and accuracy.