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.