Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

5 - Equatorial Guinea have not conceded more than once in their five previous AFCON group games. Tight. 13 hours ago

1 - Burkina Faso have registered just one win in their last 19 Africa Cup of Nations group games (D7 L11). Opportunity. 13 hours ago

1 - Gabon have lost only one of their previous 10 matches against Equatorial Guinea (W6 D3). Confident. 13 hours ago

2 - Of their last 24 FA Cup matches v lower league opposition, only twice have Arsenal let in 2+ goals; both v Brighton. Seasick. 14 hours ago

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4 - The first four shots on target in the game between Brighton and Arsenal have resulted in a goal. Thrill. 14 hours ago

1 - Brighton and Hove Albion's goal in the 50th minute was their first shot on target. Clinical. 15 hours ago

233- Aston Villa have scored their first goal in 233 minutes (all competitions). Revival. 15 hours ago

1 - Walcott has bagged his first FA Cup goal since Jan 2013, when Arsenal played away at Brighton & Hove Albion. Fruitful. 16 hours ago

1 - Theo Walcott has scored his first goal in any competition for Arsenal since January 2014. Return. 16 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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