Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

37 - Excluding penalties, John Terry has scored more goals than any other defender in Premier League history (37). Prominent. 7 hours ago

450 - John Terry has made more @premierleague appearances for @ChelseaFC than any other player (450). Leader. 8 hours ago

1 - Ossie Ardiles (54) is the only manager to have overseen more PL games without a single 0-0 draw than Tim Sherwood (27). Entertainers. 10 hours ago

96 - Australia and England have now won the same number of World Cup matches across Cricket, Football and Rugby Union (96). Rivals. 14 hours ago

0 - Northern Ireland did not manage a shot on target vs Scotland & have won none of their last 22 international friendlies. Futile. 25 Mar

9 - Germany conceded 9 goals in the last 5 friendly matches (1.8 per game). Airy. #GERAUS 25 Mar

15 - In winning the @FAWSL 2 last season, @SAFCLadies won 15 of their 18 games (D2 L1) and averaged 2.6 goals per game. Expectations. 25 Mar

45 - Last season, the @FAWSL averaged 45 tackles per game compared to the PL 14/15 rate of 39 tackles per game. Committed. 25 Mar

2 - @LFCladies have won their opening game in each of the last two @FAWSL seasons, both by a 1-0 scoreline. Solid. 25 Mar

21 - Northern Ireland have now played 21 international friendlies without a victory, a run which began with a 0-0 draw vs Scotland. Generous 25 Mar

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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