Live, accurate and detailed

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

306 - The 2017/18 Champions League group stage saw a total of 306 goals scored; the most in a group stage campaign… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

4 - This is the first time since 2006-07 that four English sides have finished first in their respective groups in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

5 - England are the first nation to have five different teams qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League (since 2003-04). Party. 6 Dec

2017 - For a reminder on how xG is calculated & what the metric means, we created a handy guide this summer. Remind… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 hours ago

4.09 - Christian Benteke has the highest xG total of all players yet to score a Premier League goal in 2017/18 (4.0… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 hours ago

46 - Manchester City's 46-point total after 16 games this season was enough to secure 8th position in the Premier L… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

9 – Jose Mourinho has lost more matches in all competitions against Pep Guardiola than versus any other manager. Fo… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

14 - Man City's 14-game winning run is the joint-best in the English top-flight alongside Arsenal's run between Feb… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

14 – Man City have won their last 14 league games in a row – the most by a team in a single English top-flight seas… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

2 – Manchester United have conceded two goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League for just the second time under… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 hours ago

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.