Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

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7 - Jamie Paterson has scored seven goals in his last nine FA Cup appearances. Specialist. 11 hours ago

6 - Michail Antonio has mustered just six headers on target in the Premier League this season and scored with all of them. Complete. 14 hours ago

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13 - 2016-17 marks the first time in top-flight history that five clubs have won as many as 13 of their opening 21 games. Famous. 20 hours ago

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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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