Live, accurate and detailed

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

1999 - There have been 1999 shots on target in League Two this season. Party. 5 minutes ago

16 - @RomeluLukaku9 has been involved in more goals than any other PL player in all comps this season (12 goals, 4 assists). Flourishing. 17 hours ago

23 - No two players have combined to create as many chances for each other as @T_Deeney & @ighalojude in the PL this season (23). Partners. 17 hours ago

3 - @Cristiano (45), Lionel Messi (44) and @neymarjr (41) have scored more goals all comps in 2015 than any other top 5 players. Trio. 19 hours ago

55 - Happy birthday @GaryLineker - and always remember, ''at the end, the Germans always win''. Congratulations. 20 hours ago

42 - Liverpool have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other Premier League team this season. Press. 21 hours ago

89 - Crewe's Ben Garratt has made more saves than any other player in the top four tiers this season. Cat. 22 hours ago

305 - Charlton have allowed their opponents more shots than any team in the top four tiers this season. Peppered. 22 hours ago

12 - Northampton have scored 12 headed goals this season, more than any of the other 91 teams in the top four tiers. Nod. 22 hours ago

10% - Blackpool have the lowest shot conversion rate in League One this season. Sandstorm. 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.