Live, accurate and detailed

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

1 - This was the first Champions League qualifier that Arsenal have failed to win; they had won 12 in a row before tonight. Frustrated. 11 hours ago

1 - Aaron Ramsey has been sent off for the first time in his club career. Rambo. 12 hours ago

5 - Arsenal's last five goals in Champions League qualifying away games have all arrived in the second half. Patience. 13 hours ago

6 - Besiktas had more shots (6-5), shots on target (4-1) and possession (52%-48%) than Arsenal in the first-half tonight. Unfazed. 13 hours ago

5 - Jamie Ward has banged in five goals in his last four against Charlton Athletic. Thorn. 13 hours ago

5 - Tom Pope has scored five goals in four appearances for Port Vale in all competitions this term. Smoking. 13 hours ago

1 - Watford have won just one of their last 18 away matches in the Championship, drawing nine (L8). Slump. 13 hours ago

16 - Besiktas have lost just one of their 16 Champions League qualifying games, winning 10 and drawing five. Delight. 14 hours ago

29 - Only Angel Di Maria (32) attempted more open play crosses during the 2014 World Cup than Marcos Rojo (29). Drilled. 14 hours ago

25 - Nani scored once and assisted twice in his previous 25 league appearances for Manchester United. Departing. 14 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.