Live, accurate and detailed

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

Only Ipswich Town (1957-1962) have won each of the top three tiers in a shorter space of time than Leicester City (2009-2016). 40 minutes ago

28 - Burnley have made just 28 changes to their starting XI this season; fewer than any other Championship team. Unit. 1 hours ago

9 - Petr Cech and Wayne Hennessey have conceded the joint-most goals from outside the box of any goalkeepers this season. Pop. 3 hours ago

13% - Tottenham's nine yellow cards vs Chelsea last night represents 13% of their entire total in the PL this season. Meltdown. 6 hours ago

9 - Tottenham are the first team in Premier League history to have nine players booked in one game. Naughty. 18 hours ago

1 - Leicester are the first first-time winners of the English top-flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. Bonkers. 18 hours ago

8 - Claudio Ranieri has become the 8th different manager to win the Premier League title. Mastermind. 18 hours ago

24 - Leicester City are the 24th team to win the English top flight. Dilly. 18 hours ago

365 - Eden Hazard has scored his first home PL goal in 365 days, since the title decider against Palace last season. Kingmaker. 18 hours ago

4 - Spurs have been shown 4+ yellow cards for the 6th time in the Premier League this season, more than any other team. Rotational. 19 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.