The Slovak Fortuna Liga has named sports tech company Stats Perform as its official data partner, building on the existing relationship between the two entities.
Stats Perform, which has served as the official betting data partner of the league since 2019 and is an integrity partner of the Slovak Football Association, will collect and manage Opta data exclusively for all top-flight Fortuna Liga matches through to the summer of 2024.
As part of the agreement, Opta data will be used to power features on Fortuna Liga’s official communication channels. The feed will also be available to all 12 of the league’s top-flight clubs for use on their official websites, as well as on the digital platforms of the league’s broadcast partner, Markíza – Slovakia.
Markíza – Slovakia will also benefit from access to Opta Widgets, enhancing its audience engagement through the use of data visualisations to explain key performance insights to fans, including heat maps, chalkboards and pass matrixes.
Ivan Kozák, Slovak Fortuna Liga President, commented: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Stats Perform, which will result in a number of significant benefits to our member clubs and provide opportunities to enhance the coverage of our competition.
“Providing a single, consistent dataset to each club will provide their creative media departments with a wide range of new opportunities to enhance digital engagement with fans, whilst Markíza, Slovakia will be able to share tactical insights with viewers in real-time.
“By powering our entire digital landscape, Stats Perform will be able to help us bring our fans closer to the action than ever before once 2021/22 gets underway.”
Further support will also be provided from a Pro perspective, with coaches, analysts and performance staff at each top-flight club benefitting from access to Stats Perform’s ProPortal tool.
Through ProPortal each club will have access to a live feed of performance insights during every league match, providing crucial context to support their in-game decision-making from the bench.
“I am very excited to be able to further our relationship with the Slovakian Fortuna Liga, after collaborating with them previously in the betting space,” added Alex Rice, Stats Perform Chief Rights Officer.
“We recognise how important data is becoming to stakeholders in providing new and engaging audience experiences – and through the delivery of Opta data, fans of top-flight Slovakian football will benefit from insights derived from the industry’s leading and most reliable data source.
“On the Pro side, I am also pleased that we will be able to support technical staff with visual in-game insights via ProPortal, which they will be able to review from tablet devices. This will be a valuable resource to back up their observations from the bench, which can inform key tactical interventions.”