Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

1 - Middlesbrough have won just one of their last 15 away league games at Birmingham, losing nine (D5). Blues. 13 minutes ago

12 - Stoke’s last three Premier League games have seen them concede 12 goals and score just once. Demobbed. 5 hours ago

1 - Crystal Palace have won six competitive matches in 2016, but five of these have come in the FA Cup and only one in the PL. Distracted. 5 hours ago

10 - Ross Barkley hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in any of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Everton. Overdrawn. 5 hours ago

4 - Four of the last five teams to lose 1-0 away in UEFA Cup/EL semi-final have progressed, the exception being Liverpool in 2010. Problem. 21 hours ago

3 - Liverpool have progressed from 3 of their previous 5 semi-finals in European competition after losing the first leg away from home. Hope 21 hours ago

1 - Jurgen Klopp has lost his first European tie in charge of Liverpool (W5 D5). Setback. 21 hours ago

3 - All three of Jordon Ibe's goals for Liverpool this season have come in cup competition (two League Cup, one Europa League). Impact? 22 hours ago

3 - Liverpool have lost three of their last four games against Spanish clubs in European competition. Inquisition. 28 Apr

10 - Villarreal are winless in their last 10 games against English opposition (D6 L4). Sunk. 28 Apr

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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