Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

150 - Xavi has played the joint-most Champions League matches in the history of the competition (with Iker Casillas). Longevity. 21 May

8 - Jamie Vardy has as many assists from open play as Eden Hazard in the Premier League this season. International? 21 May

The new @MirrorFBallQuiz, featuring questions from @OptaJoe, is now available on the App Store: mirr.im/1z0K4vF. Knowledge. 21 May

28 - Arsenal had more attempts v Sunderland than any team who have failed to score in a game in the Premier League this season. Denied. 21 May

12 - @SunderlandAFC picked up 12 points in eight PL games under Dick Advocaat, only seven teams got more in that period. Accomplished. 20 May

3 - Arsenal have failed to score in three successive home league games for the first time since February 2009. Drought. 20 May

148 - Santi Cazorla has completed 148 passes so far in this game; the most by any player in a single PL match this season. Radar. 20 May

141 - Santi Cazorla has so far had 141 touches in this game; the most by an Arsenal player in any PL game this term. Influential. 20 May

8/2 – The average positions of the players in the first half of Arsenal v Sunderland. Ambition. http://t.co/EbyrRPiZLC 20 May

7 - Arsenal have won seven and lost none of the last 10 Barclays Premier League matches against Sunderland. Routine. 20 May

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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