Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

2 - Brighton have won back-to-back home league games in the top-flight for the first time since November 1982. Flying. 14 hours ago

20 - Tomer Hemed has had a hand in 20 goals in his last 23 league starts at the Amex Stadium for Brighton (15 goals, five assists). Source. 15 hours ago

2 - Newcastle United were the only team to beat Brighton & Hove Albion both home and away in the 2016-17 Championship season. Edge. 16 hours ago

4 - Sheffield United have scored four goals away at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday for the first time in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 hours ago

1:47 - There was just 1 minute and 47 seconds between Sheffield Wednesday's equaliser and Mark Duffy's goal. Steel. 17 hours ago

83 - Oumar Niasse has scored 83% of his PL goals as a sub (5 of 6), second only to Matt Derbyshire (90%) of players… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 18 hours ago

5 - Leon Clarke has scored five goals in his last five league matches against Sheffield Wednesday. Thorn. 18 hours ago

10 - All 10 outfield players for @ManCity were involved in this goal. Liquid. twitter.com/OptaJoe/status… 23 Sep

31 - There were 31 passes before Delph's goal v Crystal Palace, the most before a goal in the @premierleague since… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Sep

7 - Since joining @LFC in 2013, Simon Mignolet has saved 7 of the 15 @premierleague penalties he's faced; more than… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Sep

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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