Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

Opta have been at the forefront of the sports data revolution for over 15 years.

4 – Sunderland have had fewer goalscorers in league competition this season than any other team in Europe’s big five divisions. Light. 3 hours ago

3 - Odion Ighalo has scored just three goals in his last 35 Premier League games, after 13 in his first 19 for Watford. Drop. 3 hours ago

896 - Memphis Depay has failed to score or assist a goal in his last 896 minutes in the PL. Desert. 7 hours ago

136 – Gabriel Jesus scored or assisted a league goal every 136 mins for Palmeiras last term as they won the Brazilian top-flight title. Key. 7 hours ago

6 - Liverpool have kept six clean sheets in their last nine FA Cup games. Sturdy. 20 hours ago

1 - Southampton have scored exactly one goal in each of their last seven home games in all competitions. Singular. 20 hours ago

0 - Norwich City failed to direct a single shot on target in a game in any competition for the first time since March (v Man City). Caged. 20 hours ago

12 - Divock Origi is the first Liverpool player to miss a penalty (in all comps) in 12 attempts, since S Gerrard v QPR in May 2015. Fluffed. 21 hours ago

4 - Lukas Jutkiewicz has been directly involved in 4 goals in his last 5 games for Birmingham City in all comps (3 goals, 1 assist). Reply. 21 hours ago

2 - Newcastle United have already equaled their tally from their previous six FA Cup games combined (2). Flourish. 22 hours ago

Company history

1996

The Opta brand is first associated with the Premier League through the launch of a ranking system, The Opta Index.  This was seen on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

2002

Aidan Cooney's Sportingstatz business purchases the assets of Opta from BSkyB.  Current senior members of the operational management team all transfer to the new business.

2005

Opta opens its German operation.

2006

Current collection methodology adopted for football incorporating x/y co-ordinates and time coding with live collection by two people, plus a checker.

Opta opens its Italian operation.

2007

Opta purchases a stake in a Spanish business, Geca Sport.  

2009

Opta opens its French operation.

2010

Opta opens its Leeds office as the centre for rugby data collection.

2011

Opta opens offices in New York to service Major League Soccer and in Sydney to build on its market leading rugby presence in the northern hemisphere.

2012

Appointed by The ECB as official data providers to English cricket.

The OptaPro brand launches.

Opta purchases a 15% stake in Xeatre.

Opta opens its South American operation in Montevideo, Uruguay.

2013

Opta acquired by Perform Group, and becomes one of the high-profile brands within the Perform Content division.

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