Live, accurate and detailed

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

4 – @HKane is the only @SpursOfficial player to score in four successive @premierleague north London derbies agains… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

27 – Chris Wood has scored 27 goals in all comps for @LUFC this term; more than any player in the top 4 divisions o… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 11 hours ago

75 – @drfc_official have scored more league goals than any other team in England’s top four tiers this season. Productive. 12 hours ago

9 - Charlie Wyke has scored 9 headed league goals this season; more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football. Nous. 12 hours ago

8 - England have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last eight games against Germany. Routine. 22 Mar

648 - Germany have now gone 648 minutes without conceding an international goal. Resilient. 22 Mar

4474 – Between the 1st and the last goal of @Podolski10 for the @DFB_Team_EN were 4474 days. Legend. #GERENGtwitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Mar

0 – England stopped Germany from landing a single shot on target in the first half. Control. 22 Mar

1 - Jake Livermore is the first outfield West Brom player to feature for England since Steve Hunt in 1984. Occasion. 22 Mar

1 - Germany have lost just one of 18 games in which they’ve played in Dortmund, losing to Italy in the 2006 World Cup (W15 D2). Comforts. 22 Mar

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.