Live, accurate and detailed

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

1 – Martin Peters’ goal in the 1966 World Cup final was his first competitive strike for England. Moment. #worldcup1966 5 hours ago

1 – Geoff Hurst is the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Knighted. #worldcup1966 https://t.co/BmZrlrCczW 7 hours ago

64 - Bobby Moore made more successful passes than anyone else in the 1966 World Cup final. Captain. #worldcup1966 https://t.co/02uLR2M3VY 9 hours ago

31% - New @OfficialWolves boss Walter Zenga won just 22 of 70 Serie A games combined as manager with Catania, Palermo and Sampdoria. Test. 11 hours ago

6 – Alan Ball created six goalscoring chances in the 1966 World Cup final (one assist); more than any other Englishman. Hub. #worldcup1966 11 hours ago

77 – There were 77 shots in the 1966 final, 25 more than in any World Cup final since then. Action. #worldcup1966 https://t.co/sneT9SIbBp 13 hours ago

75% - Three of Geoff Hurst’s four goals in the 1966 World Cup came in the final. Stage. #worldcup1966 14 hours ago

38 - Only Jermain Defoe (43) was caught offside more often than Bafétimbi Gomis in the PL last season. Adjudged. https://t.co/v8nNb6OfQf 29 Jul

102 - No other French current player has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Bafétimbi Gomis (102). Olympic. https://t.co/peOlTfwrtn 29 Jul

108 – Sergio Aguero has the best mins/goal ratio in PL history (10+ goals), averaging one every 108 mins. Machine. https://t.co/8SrbrTPCHa 29 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.