Live, accurate and detailed

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

34 - Everton's Idrissa Gueye has made eight more tackles than any other player in the Premier League so far this se… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… 24 minutes ago

2 - Romelu Lukaku (64) and Christian Benteke (53) are the two highest scoring Belgians in @premierleague history. C… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… 1 hours ago

12 – Crystal Palace have scored 12 goals at Goodison Park in the Premier League; at least three more than at any ot… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… 3 hours ago

20 - Can you name every player to score for @Arsenal during Arsene Wenger's 20 years in charge? Tough. #Wenger20 sporcle.com/games/Optajoe/… 7 hours ago

12 - Everton have conceded fewer shots on target than any other Premier League team this season. Focused. 9 hours ago

107 - Paul Pogba made 107 successful passes against Zorya Luhansk; his most in a game for Manchester United. Maestr… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… 21 hours ago

7 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored for seven different clubs in European competition. Showman. https://t.co/pjwI71r4Ln 21 hours ago

1 - Ciaran Kilduff has scored Dundalk's first goal at home in Europe outside of qualifiers since September 1982 (v Liverpool). Euphoria. 21 hours ago

1 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal for Manchester United came from their first shot on target in the game, in the 69th minute. Overdue. 21 hours ago

0 - Manchester United (eight shots) and Zorya Luhansk (three shots) both failed to register an attempt on target in the first half. Erratic. 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.