Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

3 - Three midfielders (Toure - 29, Gerrard - 26 and Hazard - 21) played a hand in 20 goals in the 13/14 @premierleague. Source. #FPL 12 minutes ago

19 - Daniel Sturridge scored in 19 different matches last season, more than any other Premier League player. Captain? #FPL 22 minutes ago

4 - Only Luis Suarez (6) scored more braces during the 2013/14 Premier League than Wilfried Bony (4). Bonus. #FPL 42 minutes ago

5 - In the last three season, Jonathan Walters has missed more penalties than any other @premierleague player. Deductions. #FPL 57 minutes ago

16 - Szczesny, Koscielny and Mertesacker were all credited with 16 clean sheets in the Premier League last season. Core. #FPL 1 hours ago

21 - @RomeluLukaku9 contributed to 21 PL goals for Everton in 13/14, second only to Kanchelskis (23, 95/96) in a single season. Toffee. 15 hours ago

1 - @OptaJoe is now on @instagram - follow us here: instagram.com/optajoe. Photogenic. 15 hours ago

1 - For anyone with questions about Opta definitions, check out our blog on the subject - optasports.com/news-area/blog… Explained. 20 hours ago

25 - 25 questions answered in 45 minutes. Thank you for taking part in #AskOpta. Answers. 20 hours ago

43 - Frank Lampard has scored 43 times from outside the area in the PL; more than any other player. Range. @Dylan_Hurley #AskOpta 20 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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