Live, accurate and detailed

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

4y 315d – There was just four years and 315 days between Jamie Vardy's last non-league goal and his Champions Leagu… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 hours ago

34 - There have been 34 goals scored in the Last 16 1st leg this season, a joint-high in a single CL knockout stage Matchday. Deluge. 6 hours ago

380 - Jamie Vardy has scored with his first shot on target in 380 minutes for Leicester. Lifeline. 6 hours ago

7 - Stevan Jovetic has been involved in seven goals in his eight games for Sevilla in all comps (3 goals, 4 assists). Reborn. 7 hours ago

26 - Samir Nasri has completed 26 passes in the opposition half so far, one fewer than all Leicester City players combined (27). Show. 7 hours ago

10 - Jamie Vardy has made just 10 touches in the first-half for Leicester, with just one of them coming in the oppo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 7 hours ago

385 - After 385 minutes, Kasper Schmeichel has conceded his first goal in the Champions League. Costly. 8 hours ago

3 - Sevilla have lost 3 of their 4 CL games against English opposition (W1), their only win coming against Arsenal at home in Nov '07. Hope. 9 hours ago

5 - Sevilla have kept more clean sheets than any other side in this season’s Champions League (5 in 6 games). Barricade. 9 hours ago

4 - Man Utd have kept four successive clean sheets in European competition for the first time since December 2013. Shutout. 9 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.