Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

7 - No player has assisted more goals in the Premier League in 2014 than Christian Eriksen (level with Suarez). Craftsman. 2 hours ago

4 - Man Utd have lost all four games to Everton and Liverpool for the first time in a single top-flight season. Unique. 5 hours ago

6 - Manchester United last finished outside the top six in 1989-90, which was also the last time Liverpool won the title. Repeat? 5 hours ago

1970 - Everton have done a league double against Manchester United for the first time since the 1969-70 season. Rare. 5 hours ago

6 - Man Utd have claimed only six points from their 12 games against the top six this season. Outfought. http://t.co/zkCocGDR6M 5 hours ago

70 - Today's result means Manchester United are going to finish with fewer than 70 points for the first time since 1990-91. Decline. 5 hours ago

0 - Manchester United did not record a single shot on target in the first half against Everton. Stifled. 6 hours ago

2 - Everton have scored in both league games against Manchester United for the first time since 2003-04. Freedom. 6 hours ago

4 - Four of the seven PL penalties Mark Clattenburg has awarded this season have been to teams playing Manchester United. Spot. 7 hours ago

6 - Rickie Lambert has taken (and scored) six Premier League penalties. Clarification. 7 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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