Live, accurate and detailed

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

9 - Mauricio Pellegrino led Alaves to 9th place in the 2016-17 La Liga season; their highest finish in the top-flig… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 11 hours ago

1 – Don’t forget to follow @OptaJonny ahead of the first @lionsofficial Test against the All Blacks tomorrow. Pride. 15 hours ago

50 - Jose Mourinho reached 50 @premierleague wins faster than any other manager, doing so in just 63 games. Special. https://t.co/TtnSJZwnq6 16 hours ago

29 - Mohamed Salah has scored 29 league goals in the last two seasons - more than any Liverpool player in the PL in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 Jun

39% - 43 of Ryan Giggs' 109 @premierleague goals were match-winners, the highest % in the competition's history (mi… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Jun

7 - Diego Maradona had seven shots against England on this day 31 years ago: six with his left foot, one with his l… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Jun

107 - Kelechi Iheanacho has the best mins per goal ratio (107 mins) of any player to have scored 10+ goals in the P… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Jun

23 - Tammy Abraham scored more goals than any other teenager in the @EFL in 2016/17 (23). Prodigious. https://t.co/ZPDOXfGEuX 21 Jun

.@oilysailor's book 'Outside the box: A Statistical Journey through the History of Football' is out soon:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 Jun

6 – Fulham have won six of their last seven home league games against Norwich City, keeping clean sheets on five occasions. Routine. 21 Jun

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.