Live, accurate and detailed

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

9 - Liverpool have not lost any of their last nine matches against Swiss opponents (W6 D3). Clockwork. 20 minutes ago

0 - Excl. pen shootouts, Arsenal have never lost a game versus a Turkish opponent (W5 D4), keeping a clean sheet in 8 of these 9 games. Form 6 hours ago

14.6% - Just 32 of the 232 teams to have earned 1 point or fewer from their opening 2 CL group games have advanced out of the group. Task. 21 hours ago

7 - Neymar has scored seven goals in his seven appearances for @FCBarcelona this season. Essential. 21 hours ago

143 - Xavi is now ahead of Raul (142) as the Champions League's highest appearance maker (Giggs and Casillas - 141). Legends. 21 hours ago

143 - Xavi is making his 143rd appearance in the Champions League; more than any other player. Evergreen. 21 hours ago

7 - Cesc Fabregas has provided seven assists in eight games for Chelsea in all competitions so far this season. Maestro. 22 hours ago

4 - Four of the last six goals Ajax conceded in the Champions League have been penalties. Problems. 22 hours ago

38y 3d - Franceso Totti has now overtaken Ryan Giggs as the Champions League's oldest scorer. Delicate. 22 hours ago

38 - Francesco Totti has become the oldest player to score in a Champions League game: 38 years old. Eternal. #ManCityRoma 22 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.