Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

14.6% - Just 32 of the 232 teams to have earned 1 point or fewer from their opening 2 CL group games have advanced out of the group. Task. 12 hours ago

7 - Neymar has scored seven goals in his seven appearances for @FCBarcelona this season. Essential. 13 hours ago

143 - Xavi is now ahead of Raul (142) as the Champions League's highest appearance maker (Giggs and Casillas - 141). Legends. 13 hours ago

143 - Xavi is making his 143rd appearance in the Champions League; more than any other player. Evergreen. 13 hours ago

7 - Cesc Fabregas has provided seven assists in eight games for Chelsea in all competitions so far this season. Maestro. 14 hours ago

4 - Four of the last six goals Ajax conceded in the Champions League have been penalties. Problems. 14 hours ago

38y 3d - Franceso Totti has now overtaken Ryan Giggs as the Champions League's oldest scorer. Delicate. 14 hours ago

38 - Francesco Totti has become the oldest player to score in a Champions League game: 38 years old. Eternal. #ManCityRoma 14 hours ago

1 - Francesco Totti has scored his first goal in England. Delicious. 14 hours ago

500 - Barcelona have now scored 500 times in the European Cup/Champions League (including qualifiers). Landmark. 14 hours ago

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.

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