Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

21 – Dwight Gayle has scored 21 league goals in 2016/17; his best return in a single season in the Football League. Recognition. #EFLAwards 14 hours ago

50% - Chris Wood has been involved in a higher % of his team’s league goals in 16/17 than any other Championship player. Star. #EFLAwards 14 hours ago

13 - Anthony Knockaert has scored more league goals this season than any other Championship midfielder. Nominated. #EFLAwards 14 hours ago

18 - Kylian Mbappe (18 yo & 95 days) has become the youngest 🇫🇷 international since Wisniewski v Sweden in 1955 (18twitter.com/i/web/status/8…oi 25 Mar

28 – @DFB_Team_EN are unbeaten in 28 WC qualifying matches (23W, 5D) – the last loss happened in 2001 against Engla… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Mar

5 - Danny Blind lost as many EC/WC qualifiers in 9 games as Dutch NT manager as the previous four managers combined in 58 games. Dismissed. 26 Mar

67% - Jermain Defoe has had a hand in a higher share of his team’s league goals this term than any player in Europe… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 18 hours ago

3 - Conor Washington is the 1st Northern Ireland player to score in 3 successive starts at Windsor Park since David Healy in 2007. Streak. 26 Mar

3 - Chris Brunt has been directly involved in three goals in his last three games for Northern Ireland (1 goal, 2 assists). Blocks. 26 Mar

1 - Scotland have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 competitive matches, a 6-0 win at Gibraltar. Worry. 26 Mar

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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