Live, accurate and detailed

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

6 - Six @premierleague games saw a penalty awarded today; a joint record on a single day, alongside May 2nd 2015 & Aug 16th 2003. Point. 7 hours ago

1 - Marcus Rashford is the first teenager to score a Premier League goal under a side managed by Jose Mourinho. Fledgling. 7 hours ago

90+ - Teams with most 90th minute winning goals in PL history: Liverpool - 28 Arsenal - 21 Chelsea - 20 Everton - 19 Man Utd - 18 Drama 7 hours ago

100 - Claudio Ranieri has won his 100th Premier League game as a manager & is the 5th non British/Irish boss to reach the landmark. Century 10 hours ago

6 - Scott Dann has scored more Premier League goals than any other defender since the start of 2015-16 (6). Rescue. 10 hours ago

2012 - Victor Moses has scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea since November 2012. Parted. 10 hours ago

1 - Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has scored his first Premier League goal since March 2014. Joyous. 10 hours ago

6 - Jermain Defoe has now scored in six successive Premier League appearances away from home. Reliant. 10 hours ago

3 - Riyad Mahrez has missed three of his last four penalties for Leicester City in the Premier League. Imprecise. 10 hours ago

5 - Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in three Premier League games against Watford. Coasting. 11 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.