Live, accurate and detailed

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

16 - Abou Diaby made just 16 league appearances for Arsenal in his final four seasons at the club. Departing. 6 hours ago

78 - Since signing for @MCFC, no player has more Premier League goals than Sergio Agüero (78 - level with Robin van Persie). Ace. 9 hours ago

113 - Eden Hazard was the player to suffer the most fouls in the 2014-15 Premier League season (113 fouls won). Target. 11 hours ago

12 - Jordan Ayew hit 12 goals for Lorient last season, his best league tally to date. Firepower. 27 Jul

113 - Steven Berghuis was involved in an AZ Alkmaar league goal every 113 minutes last season. Hornet. 27 Jul

18 - In his last season under Louis van Gaal (2008/09), Sergio Romero kept 18 clean sheets in 27 Eredivisie games for @AZAlkmaar. Reunited. 27 Jul

30% - Wimbledon have scored the highest percentage of goals from headers of any team in @premierleague history. Crazy. 26 Jul

113 – Eden Hazard was fouled more times than any other player in the Premier League last season (113). Blue. 26 Jul

164 – Only Cesc Fabregas (160) had a better minutes per assist rate (min. 10 games) in the PL last term than Angel Di Maria (164). Fleeting. 26 Jul

6 - England have won six of their last seven international matches against Scotland (L1). Rivalry. 25 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.