Live, accurate and detailed

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

10 - Ronaldo has now scored in 10 successive matches; he has never recorded a run of 11. Bravo 6 hours ago

85 - Iker Casillas has won more games than any other player in the Champions League history (Xavi Hernandez, 84). Clásico. 6 hours ago

2 - Arsenal's two goals vs Anderlecht were the final two shots of the game. Brinksmanship. 7 hours ago

5 - Five of Arsenal's last six Champions League away wins have been by a single goal. Squeak. 7 hours ago

3 - Tonight is the first time in their history that Liverpool have lost a European home game by a three goal margin. Humbled. 7 hours ago

1 - Arsenal have now kept only clean sheet in their last 10 games in all competitions. Repetitive. 7 hours ago

19 - Mario Mandzukic has now scored 19 goals in 23 Champions League appearances. Menace. 8 hours ago

0 - There were no shots on target from either team in the first half of Anderlecht vs Arsenal. Underwhelming. 8 hours ago

3 - This is the first time Liverpool have conceded 3 goals before half-time in the CL since the 2005 final. Istanbul. 8 hours ago

4 - The first 30 minutes of Champions League football tonight brought four goals, compared to 12 in the first half hour on Tuesday. Paced. 8 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.