The United Soccer League has expanded upon its official data partnership with Stats Perform’s Opta brand by agreeing to leverage the data firm’s fan-facing platforms, broadcast and on-field performance tools.
Encompassing the USL Championship, League One and women’s Super League, Opta will continue to provide official soccer data while also incorporating new tools such as Pressbox Live, into the broadcasts of the games.
“We are on a mission to dramatically raise the profiles of our competitions domestically and internationally,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “Opta is universally used by the world’s top soccer teams, players, and media. We want the same tools for our elite leagues – and that is Opta.”
Ensuring the integrity of its data, Stats Perform, owner of Opta, has recently been awarded ISO 27001 certification and the sports data integrity accreditation from the International Betting Integrity Association, protecting its data from being fraudulently used for wagering purposes.
The expanded partnership will see Opta data support USL technical initiatives as well as a ‘wealth of Opta products and deep data’ to enable in-depth analysis.
“Opta data is integral to the world’s leading sports federations, teams and broadcasters, and nowhere more so than in soccer,” said Stats Perform Chief Revenue Officer Steve Xeller. “It is globally trusted to power insightful, entertaining coverage that puts sport right at the front of fans’ minds – and keeps it there.
“At Stats Perform we are proud of Opta’s unparalleled heritage in sports data and excited to see it used more widely in North America ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 and the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2026.”