Live, accurate and detailed

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

34 - Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius compared in their 34 league games 2015/16. Level. @LFC https://t.co/xarT80CpqC 14 hours ago

1 - Have you tested your @premierleague hat-trick knowledge in the latest @OptaJoe Sporcle quiz yet? Lunchtime. twitter.com/OptaJoe/status… 21 hours ago

41 - 41 different nationalities have scored a @premierleague hat-trick. Can you name the 1st for each nation? Quiz. sporcle.com/games/Optajoe/… 23 May

3 - 3 players in the #Euro2016 Italy squad play in the #BPL, the 2nd most represented league after Serie A. Trend. https://t.co/KiVZ11OGQi 23 May

1.29 - Man Utd averaged 1.29 goals per game in the Premier League in 2015-16; their lowest league average since 1989-90 (1.21). Bored. 23 May

66% - Jose Mourinho has the highest win ratio of any manager in the Premier League (66%). Replacement? 23 May

10 - Manchester United failed to score in 10 Premier League games in 2015-16; their joint-highest tally in a single PL season. Shy. 23 May

51.3% - Louis van Gaal won 51.3% of league matches as Man Utd manager; only Sir Alex Ferguson (60.4%) & Ernest Mangall (54.2%) won more. Out 23 May

3 - Jamie Vardy has now scored in three consecutive games for England (three goals). Party. 22 May

0 - Harry Kane is the first England player to miss a penalty (excl. shootouts) since Frank Lampard missed against Japan in May 2010. Wide. 22 May

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.