Live, accurate and detailed

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

13 - Cristiano Ronaldo had 13 shots vs Villarreal this evening but could only score one goal. Urgency. 3 hours ago

30 - Chelsea defenders have contributed 17 goals and 13 assists this season in all competitions. Unit. 6 hours ago

2 - Chelsea restricted Tottenham to only two shots on target, with the second of these coming in the 36th minute. Savvy. 6 hours ago

6 - Jose Mourinho has now won six trophies as Chelsea manager (3 League Cups, 2 league titles, 1 FA Cup). Boss. 7 hours ago

6 - Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six cup finals (before today). Hope. 7 hours ago

1 - Chelsea take the lead in the #CapitalOneCupFinal with their first shot on target of the game. Captain. 8 hours ago

224 - Mesut Özil has the third best minutes per assist rate in Premier League history (min. 10 assists). Nicked. http://t.co/VMZDUDhJCN 8 hours ago

7 - Arsenal have won seven consecutive Premier League games at home for the first time since 2005. Rumble. 8 hours ago

1 - Everton have now won only one of their last 11 games in the Premier League. Slump. 8 hours ago

3 - Only one of the last 11 League Cup finals has seen fewer than three goals scored (Man Utd v Spurs in 2009). Bonanza. 9 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.