Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

180 - Sunderland have spent 21 days of this season's Premier League out of the drop-zone (a league-high 180/201 in bottom 3). Checkout. 56 minutes ago

15 - Middlesbrough have had their woodwork hit more times than any other team so far in the @premierleague this season. Frame. 1 hours ago

68 - @SUFC_tweets (68 points) have already surpassed their league points total in 2015-16 (66) with 12 games to spa… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 hours ago

9 - @MillwallFC have now kept nine successive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since April 1926… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 hours ago

15 - Newcastle United failed to score with their first 15 shots vs Brighton tonight, but have now netted two of their last three. Timing. 20 hours ago

9 - @drfc_official's John Marquis has now scored 9 goals in @EFL League Two in 2017, only @StevenageFC's Matt Godden (10) has more. Hotshots 20 hours ago

3 - @CAFCofficial's Ricky Holmes has scored his first hat-trick since December 21st 2012 (for Barnet v Burton Albio… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 hours ago

18 - Conor Hourihane has now been involved in 18 goals in the @EFL Championship this season (7 goals, 11 assists).… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 hours ago

8 - Adebayo Akinfenwa has now scored eight goals in his last 11 competitive appearances for @wwfcofficial. Unit. https://t.co/vB57A2oPlZ 20 hours ago

17 - Sam Jones was the 17th different player to score for @officialgtfc this season in League Two; no side has had more goalscorers. Variety 21 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, and becomes one of the high-profile brands within the Perform Content division.

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