Live, accurate and detailed

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

0 - Crystal Palace failed to win any of the six games that James McArthur missed in the Premier League last season (W0 D2 L4). Influential. 8 minutes ago

4 - David Beckham is the only player in Premier League history to provide 10+ assists in four consecutive seasons. Icon. 18 hours ago

0.51 - Robin van Persie has the fourth best goals per game ratio of players with 100+ PL goals, after Henry, Shearer and Wright. Legacy. 19 hours ago

660 - #ENG captain Steph Houghton played more minutes (660) than any other outfield player at the #2015WWC. Ceaseless. 21 hours ago

We're looking for a Sports Data Architect to work on some exciting new projects. optasports.com/about/getting-… Application. 2 Jul

26 - #ENG's Jill Scott made 26 tackles at the #2015WWC, more than any other player. Crunch. 21 hours ago

3 - #USWNT have become the first team to win the #FIFAWWC three times (1991, 1999, 2015). Glory. #USAvJPN 6 Jul

5 - This is now the highest-scoring #FIFAWWC final of all-time (five goals), beating the previous high of four (Japan v USA in 2011). Party. 6 Jul

1 - Carli Lloyd is the first player to ever score a hat-trick in a #FIFAWWC final. History. #USAvJPN #USWNT 6 Jul

7 - Carli Lloyd has now been involved in each of the USA's last seven #FIFAWWC goals, scoring five & assisting another two. Update. 6 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.