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Opta expands partnership with USL

Posted 4th April 2019

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Opta becomes Official Data Partner of USL League One

The United Soccer League (USL) announced last week that it has expanded its partnership with Opta. The agreement sees Opta become the Official Data Partner of USL League One, a brand new division in the American Soccer pyramid.

Opta will now cover all regular season and post-season games in both the USL Championship and USL League One throughout the 2019 season. Combined with Opta's existing partnerships with the MLS and NWSL, this announcement further demonstrates Opta's position as the leading provider of soccer data across across North America.

 

This extension of coverage to League One will see Opta provide teams, fans and media with the same detailed, deep, consistent data as has been recorded for the USL Championship since the start of the 2017 season.

Opta’s data will be available to fans on the USL League One website where it will feature in new Match Centres that will utilize Opta widgets for features including live statistical updates, game-activity mapping and player heat maps. USL League One teams will also be able to integrate Opta data into their own websites and content to enhance the fan experience. Those covering the competition, from broadcasters to digital outlets, will be able to use Opta data and content to bring the new league to life.

The partnership, which reinforces Opta’s commitment to supporting new competitions and the growth of North American soccer, began this weekend with South Georgia Tormenta FC narrowly beating Greenville Triumph SC, 1-0, in the inaugural game of the competition.

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"We are pleased to expand our partnership with Opta,” said USL Senior Vice President Lizzie Seedhouse. “Their expertise in sports data serves as a valuable resource to our players, coaches, teams, and most importantly, our passionate fans who make this league possible.”

"With our detailed, high quality data already being used by the USL Championship, we are delighted to have expanded our partnership with the USL, one of the key players in North American soccer,” said Richard Crouch, VP - Rights Acquisition Data, Perform. “We are committed to supporting the growth of soccer in North America and are excited to a part of this brand-new competition.”

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