Live, accurate and detailed

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

180 - Sunderland have spent 21 days of this season's Premier League out of the drop-zone (a league-high 180/201 in bottom 3). Checkout. 38 minutes ago

15 - Middlesbrough have had their woodwork hit more times than any other team so far in the @premierleague this season. Frame. 1 hours ago

68 - @SUFC_tweets (68 points) have already surpassed their league points total in 2015-16 (66) with 12 games to spa… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 hours ago

9 - @MillwallFC have now kept nine successive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since April 1926… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 hours ago

15 - Newcastle United failed to score with their first 15 shots vs Brighton tonight, but have now netted two of their last three. Timing. 19 hours ago

9 - @drfc_official's John Marquis has now scored 9 goals in @EFL League Two in 2017, only @StevenageFC's Matt Godden (10) has more. Hotshots 19 hours ago

3 - @CAFCofficial's Ricky Holmes has scored his first hat-trick since December 21st 2012 (for Barnet v Burton Albio… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 hours ago

18 - Conor Hourihane has now been involved in 18 goals in the @EFL Championship this season (7 goals, 11 assists).… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 hours ago

8 - Adebayo Akinfenwa has now scored eight goals in his last 11 competitive appearances for @wwfcofficial. Unit. https://t.co/vB57A2oPlZ 20 hours ago

17 - Sam Jones was the 17th different player to score for @officialgtfc this season in League Two; no side has had more goalscorers. Variety 20 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.