Live, accurate and detailed

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

Do you speak Arabic, live in/near London or Leeds & love football? Come and work with us at Opta. Opportunity. optasports.com/about/getting-… 21 Jul

114 - Only Peter Shilton (125) & David Beckham (115) won more England caps than Steven Gerrard (114). Retired. http://t.co/AKc66wohJG 21 Jul

78% - Borussia Dortmund won 78% of league matches with Mats Hummels last season, compared to just 36% without him. Leader. 21 Jul

27% - Of the players to score 40+ goals across the last 3 Bundesliga seasons, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has the best shot conversion rate. Deadly. 21 Jul

71 - Angel Di Maria (91) was the only Real Madrid player to create more chances than Isco last season in La Liga. Thread. 21 Jul

100 - Didier Drogba scored 100 goals and assisted another 54 in 226 Premier League appearances for @chelseafc between 2004 and 2012. Return? 21 Jul

692 - Dunga's total of 692 passes at the 1994 World Cup is the most recorded in a single tournament (1966-2014). Appointed. 20 Jul

21 - James Rodríguez was involved in 21 goals (nine goals, 12 assists) in the 2013/14 Ligue 1; more than any other Monaco player. Maverick. 20 Jul

20 - Daniel Sturridge’s goals won Liverpool 20 points last season, more than any other player in the Premier League. Pivotal. 19 Jul

10 - No Sunderland player scored more goals in all competitions last season than Fabio Borini (10). Premium. 19 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.