Live, accurate and detailed

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

2010 - On this day in 2010 @DFB_Team_EN celebrated a 4-1 win against @England. Historic. #ENGGER @OptaJoe https://t.co/jns4B2w3Qi 27 Jun

4 - Saul Ñiguez has scored more goals than any other player in 2017 European Under-21 Championship (4 goals from 4… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 27 Jun

38 – The @DFB_Team_EN U21 had more than twice as many shots (38 – 17) as the #YoungLions (@England). Deserved.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

5 - Scott Parker is the only player to play for 5 London clubs in the Premier League (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 14 hours ago

45 - Swindon Town conceded 45 home goals in the 1993-94 season, the most in a single @premierleague campaign. Brimf… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 hours ago

46 - The lowest number of goals scored by a team who were promoted to the top-flight is 46, by Notts County in 1923. Conservative. 27 Jun

86 - Tottenham won 86 points in the 2016-17 Premier League - their best-ever return in the competition. Surge. 27 Jun

47 - Jens Lehmann holds the record for longest unbeaten start to a @premierleague career, not losing any of his fir… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

4 - Frank de Boer is the only manager in Eredivisie history to win four consecutive titles, doing so in his first f… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

91 – Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than any other pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

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.