Live, accurate and detailed

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

4 - #ENG's last four knockout games at the EUROs have all gone to penalties. They won the first shootout but have lost the last three. Drama 5 minutes ago

115 - Wayne Rooney will equal David Beckham's record of 115 caps tonight; the most by an outfield player for #ENG. Captain. 18 minutes ago

2 - #ESP have lost a EURO finals game by more than one goal for the first time since 1988 (0-2 vs Germany). Out. #EURO2016 21 minutes ago

210- #ESP have completed only 210 passes in the first half, they worst tally since 2008 vs #GER in the first 45 minutes at the EURO. Stopped 1 hours ago

1 - #ITA have lost just one of their previous 19 games at the Euros in which they scored the first goal, the 2000 final vs France. Grip. 1 hours ago

10 - #ESP have conceded their 1st goal in a knockout game of a major tournament for the first time since 2006 vs #FRA, 10 years ago. Thrust. 1 hours ago

4 - #ESP have named the same starting Xi in all four games at #Euro2016, while #ITA are yet to name the same starting XI. Fresh. 2 hours ago

If you speak Japanese & would like to work part-time in London or Leeds for Perform, please apply here. Chance. 6 hours ago

646 - #ESP haven’t conceded a goal in the EURO knockout stages for 646 minutes, since Youri Djorkaeff’s strike in 2000. Fort. #EURO2016 2 hours ago

1994 - #ITA’s last win against #ESP in a major tournament was in the 1994 WC, 2-1 thanks to goals from Dino and Roberto Baggio. Divine. 3 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.