The United Soccer League and the industry leader in soccer statistics, Stats Perform, have decided to prolong and grow their collaboration through at least 2028. The USL’s fan-facing platforms, broadcasts, and on-field performance tools for its professional divisions will be powered by Stats Perform’s Opta service as part of the new agreement.
The Super League, the USL’s new professional women’s division that will debut in the summer of 2024, as well as the League One and USL Championship, are all included in the agreement. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Opta has been the USL’s official provider of soccer data.
USL, President, Jake Edwards, said, “We are on a mission to dramatically raise the profiles of our competitions domestically and internationally. 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.”
With commentators and graphics, broadcasts of the USL Championship, League One, and Super League will include new advanced Opta technologies like Pressbox Live.
The USL will continue to integrate with the international transfer market with the help of Opta’s statistics.
The extensive collaboration also offers USL Championship, League One, and Super League clubs and supporters access to a range of Opta products and rich data that permits in-depth research.
Opta is the official data source for the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, and Serie A, among other leagues and competitions, and it offers coverage for more than 1,000 leagues and events worldwide. Professional soccer teams and scouts from around the world now use Opta data as the industry standard.
Stats Perform, Chief Revenue Officer, Steve Xeller, said, “Opta data is integral to the world’s leading sports federations, teams and broadcasters, and nowhere more so than in soccer. 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.”
The information comes after Stats Perform, a company owned by Opta, was recently given ISO 27001 certification and IBIA sports data integrity accreditation, further demonstrating the firm’s dedication to providing its clients with high-quality data.