Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

4 - @Everton have won their first four games of a season for the first time since 1978/79 when they were managed by… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 11 hours ago

31 - @FCBarcelona had lower possession than @realmadriden for the first time since May 7th 2008 (31 games). Dominat… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 hours ago

.@SkySportsMNF have explained Opta's new expected goals metric using examples from last weekend's action.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 hours ago

228 - Thierry Henry is Arsenal's all-time highest ever goalscorer, with 228 goals in 377 games. Anniversaire. https://t.co/qQc02u2R5p 21 hours ago

4 - Marco Asensio's last four shots for Real Madrid (all comps): ⚽️ vs Juventus ❌ vs Man Utd ⚽️ vs Barcelona ⚽️ vs… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

1 - Ernesto Valverde is the first Barcelona manager to lose two Clasicos in a row since Frank Rijkaard in 2008 (all… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

15 - Celtic have won 15 of their last 17 Champions League qualifying games at Celtic Park (D1 L1). Stronghold. https://t.co/Se8535IYFD 16 Aug

8 - Gylfi Sigurdsson assisted a league-high eight goals direct from dead ball scenarios last season in the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

628 - Gareth Barry is only four appearances away from equalling Ryan Giggs' record of 632 games in the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

1 - No @LFC player made more passes (24), interceptions (4) or had more touches (41) than Trent Alexander-Arnold in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 15 Aug

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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