Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

5 - Joel Robles has kept a clean sheet in his last five Premier League games for Everton. Catlike. 1 minutes ago

5 - Callum Wilson is still Bournemouth’s top scorer in the PL this season (5), yet hasn’t played since the end of September. Legacy. 2 minutes ago

VACANCY: Data scientist position working with OptaPro. bit.ly/1LkD2ch. Opportunity. 3 hours ago

37 – Jason Puncheon has fired in the most shots (inc. blocked) without scoring in the Premier League this season (37). Loose. 5 hours ago

51.4% - Fraser Forster’s clean sheet percentage is the best of any goalkeeper with 30 or more Premier League appearances (51.4%). Barrier. 23 hours ago

21 - Leicester have made just 21 changes to their starting line-up in Premier League matches this term; the fewest in the division. Settled. 11 Feb

4 - This will be WBA's fourth shootout in the past three seasons (W2 L1). Only Carlisle have been involved in more that time (5). Drama. 10 Feb

2008 - Darren Fletcher has scored his first FA Cup goal since his brace against Arsenal in February 2008. Gap. 10 Feb

7 - Peterborough have now scored in seven consecutive home games in the FA Cup, netting at least twice in each of the previous six. Comfort. 10 Feb

505 - Abou Diaby has not played any competitive game for 505 days (23/09/2014 with Arsenal v. Southampton). Finally ? 10 Feb

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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