Live, accurate and detailed

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

3 - Aston Villa have won 3 and lost 22 of their last 34 matches in all competitions against Arsenal (W3 D9 L22). Abided. 5 hours ago

1 - All eight FA Cup finals at the new Wembley have been won by a one goal margin. Tight. 7 hours ago

Opta's @oilysailor has written a season review for @MirrorFootball: mirror.co.uk/sport/football…. Retrospective. 28 May

5 - Tottenham have finished in fifth place in the Premier League more times than other any club (five times). Ceiling. 28 May

4 - The last 4 instances of a club retaining the FA Cup has involved a team from London (Spurs 62, Spurs 82, Arsenal 03, Chelsea 10). Manor. 28 May

2 - Sevilla are the first side in UEFA Cup/Europa League history to retain the trophy twice (05/06 & 06/07 and 13/14 & 14/15). Honour. 27 May

2 - The last three players to score a brace in a EL final have all been South American (Forlan 2010, Falcao 2012, Bacca 2015). Trio. 27 May

4 - Dnipro - Sevilla is the first European final with four first-half goals since Liverpool - Alavés in 2001. Entertainment. 27 May

7 - Carlos Bacca has scored four and assisted another three goals in his last six Europa League matches. Flurry. 27 May

6 - Dnipro have won six of their seven Europa League games this season when they have scored the first goal (L1). Lead. 27 May

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.