Live, accurate and detailed

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

49 - Wayne Rooney has now equalled Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for England. Closer. 1 seconds ago

0 - San Marino are yet to register a goal in any of their qualifiers so far. Their last competitive goal was scored in Sept 2013. Blanks. 36 minutes ago

5 - England have won all 5 of their previous meetings with San Marino, netting 31 goals in the process (6-0, 7-1, 5-0, 8-0, 5-0). Routine. 51 minutes ago

4 - Wycombe have kept more clean sheets (4) and conceded fewer goals than any other League Two side this season (1). Resolute. 2 hours ago

5 - Cambridge United's Barry Corr has scored with all five of his shots on target this season. Blimey. 3 hours ago

2 - Noel Hunt has scored in back-to-back league games for the first time since October 2012. Rarity. 3 hours ago

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6 - Only Poland's Robert Lewandowski (8) has scored more Euro 2016 qualifying goals than Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (6). Shining. 19 hours ago

3 - Gareth McAuley has bagged three goals in Northern Ireland's two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Faroe Islands. Thriving. 19 hours ago

5 - Robbie Keane has now scored five goals in total in the Republic of Ireland's two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar. Mustard. 20 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.