Live, accurate and detailed

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

5 - Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history. Trebles. 1 hours ago

5.5 - Chelsea are averaging a goal every 5.5 shots this season compared to one every 7.2 in 2013-14. Upgrade. http://t.co/fDq5y0qmuk 12 hours ago

5 - Dimitar Berbatov & @ThierryHenry have scored the most goals on 1st April in the Top 5 leagues since 2000. Jokers. http://t.co/P3K6wn3khe 13 hours ago

46 - Alan Hutton has made more full-blooded tackles (46) than any other Premier League player in 2014-15. Passion. 13 hours ago

38% - Mario Balotelli leans back when shooting more often than any other striker in the Premier League (38% of shots). Erratic. 14 hours ago

167 - QPR have failed to deal with more crosses in the corridor of uncertainty than any other Premier League side this season (167). Nervous 14 hours ago

85 - A.Ramsey has made the most 360° pirouettes on the ball in the PL this season; 12 away from S.Parker's record (97) in a PL season. Spin. 15 hours ago

126 - England completed 126 passes in the final third of the pitch, 42 more than Italy (84). Perspective. 31 Mar

530 - England completed 530 passes in this match; 191 more than Italy managed to complete (339). Shift. 31 Mar

3 - All three of Andros Townsend's goals for England have come from outside the box. Rocket. 31 Mar

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.