Live, accurate and detailed

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

4 - Blackpool have won fewer league games in 2014 than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (4). Bleak. 5 hours ago

30.2 - Germany's Bundesliga is the league with most fouls per game but less red cards than the other top leagues. Raw http://t.co/oTKRfdqgwW 5 hours ago

20 - Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has used just 20 different players so far this term, the fewest in the division. Unit. 5 hours ago

5 - Middlesbrough have scored more penalties this season than any other Championship team (5), with Grant Leadbitter scoring all five. Spot. 6 hours ago

150 - Only Crystal Palace (150) have committed more fouls than Stoke City (146) in the Premier League this season. Tone. 8 hours ago

6 - Newcastle won all four of their Premier League games in November last season and have won both so far this month. Remember. 8 hours ago

4 - Everton have won just four of their last 14 Premier League matches (W4 D5 L5). Regression. 8 hours ago

.@OptaJaya is the 19th official member of the Opta Twitter family, tweeting facts and stats in Indonesian: optasports.com/news-area/news…. Family. 9 hours ago

221 - Only Lionel Messi (265) has embarked upon more dribbles in the top five European leagues in 2014 than Yannick Bolasie (221). Shuffle. 19 Nov

13 - Wayne Rooney was the only player to appear in all 13 of England's international matches in 2014. Leader. 19 Nov

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.