Live, accurate and detailed

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

4 - Lincoln City have reached Round 4 of the FA Cup for the first time since 1975/76, when they were managed by Graham Taylor. Impish. 9 hours ago

4 - Sutton United will play Leeds United in Round 4 of the FA Cup for the second time, having played them in 1970 (lost 6-0). Repeat. 10 hours ago

2 - Christian Benteke has scored as many goals tonight (2) as he did in 10 previous FA Cup appearances. Turnaround. 10 hours ago

7 - Jamie Paterson has scored seven goals in his last nine FA Cup appearances. Specialist. 11 hours ago

6 - Michail Antonio has mustered just six headers on target in the Premier League this season and scored with all of them. Complete. 14 hours ago

29 - @bendtnerb52, who turns 29 today, scored exactly 29 goals for the Danish national team. Lord. https://t.co/d2yHJOqNi9 16 Jan

60% - Louis van Gaal has the highest win percentage of all coaches in @ChampionsLeague history with at least 50 gam… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

5 - Kyle Walker has provided more assists in the Premier League this season than any other defender. Roam. 18 hours ago

13 - 2016-17 marks the first time in top-flight history that five clubs have won as many as 13 of their opening 21 games. Famous. 20 hours ago

52 - No manager has won more points from their opening 21 Premier League games than Antonio Conte (52, same as Jose… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 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.