Live, accurate and detailed

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

1 - @OptaJoe is now on @instagram - follow us here: instagram.com/optajoe. Infographics. 13 hours ago

133 - Southampton signing Dusan Tadic created 46 more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Eredivisie last season (133). Magic. 13 hours ago

20 - Daniel Sturridge’s goals won Liverpool 20 points in 2013/14; more than any other player for their side in the Premier League. Vital. 16 hours ago

2 - Which ex-Barcelona player will have the bigger impact on the @premierleague this season? Duel. instagram.com/p/rHhwaYOb5r 31 Jul

8 - Fabio Borini has scored eight goals in 49 Premier League appearances, three from the penalty spot. Eyed. 31 Jul

131 - Only David Marshall (153) made more saves in the Premier League last season than Vito Mannone (131). Busy. #FPL 31 Jul

3 - Three midfielders (Toure - 29, Gerrard - 26 and Hazard - 21) played a hand in 20 goals in the 13/14 @premierleague. Source. #FPL 31 Jul

19 - Daniel Sturridge scored in 19 different matches last season, more than any other Premier League player. Captain? #FPL 31 Jul

4 - Only Luis Suarez (6) scored more braces during the 2013/14 Premier League than Wilfried Bony (4). Bonus. #FPL 31 Jul

5 - In the last three season, Jonathan Walters has missed more penalties than any other @premierleague player. Deductions. #FPL 31 Jul

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.