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Is the NWSL doing its Job?

May 16th, 2018Posted by BJ Pheasant

The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) is the latest iteration or professional women”s soccer in the USA. It has been 5 years and  they are still in business, which is good. There is some expansion and only one contraction. The contraction was of a poorly managed or mismanaged Boston Breakers team and understandable. On the [...]

Qatar to lose the WC 2022?

October 24th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are rumors swirling that Qatar may lose the hosting of World Cup 2022. With bribery of the voting process now proven and slavery accusations (at the worst) and human rights violations (at the best) being pinned to FIFA WC construction the hubris seems to be catching up to Qatar. The latest accusations come from [...]

Building a Scouting Algorithm Part 1

March 22nd, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

I recently read a two part series on Building a Football Scouting Algorithm Part 1 & Part 2 by Richard Whittall. He showed his work as “The ultimate aim of this series is to provide a very simple model for smaller clubs with very limited resources to potential improve their success rate in the summer [...]

Expanding World Cup Seems to be a Negative for those involved

January 11th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of articles for and against expansion. Logic seems to be on the side of those holding to a 32 team final tournament (everyone gets a chance to participate and qualify already). Below are some excerpts from a reasonded article that I agree with. As it stands every country has a chance [...]

Comparing Bruce Arena & Bill Belichick

November 7th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Two recent articles, based on peer interviews, about coaches with great resumes have popped up and are great reads for both veteran and aspiring coaches alike.. The first is on Bruce Arena and the second is on Bill Belichick The parallels between the two are numerous: out work the competition, use of statistics, ability to [...]

Comparing U18 Boys Soccer Rosters in each State to Freshman Mens College Roster Availability: States with Excess Soccer Players

April 18th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Sports Geographer BJ Pheasant has calculated the ratios of needed incoming male college freshman soccer players versus the number of 12th grade boys soccer players in each state. The ratio shows the number of players from each U18 club team needed to play in college soccer to fill the incoming freshman class in each state. [...]

Comparing U18 Girls Soccer Rosters in each State to Freshman Womens College Roster Availability: States with Excess Soccer Players

March 10th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Sports Geographer BJ Pheasant has calculated the ratios of needed incoming female college freshman soccer players versus the number of 12th grade girls soccer players in each state. The ratio shows the number of players from each U18 club team needed to play in college soccer to fill the incoming freshman class in each state. [...]

Moneyball comes to Dutch soccer

March 28th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Moneyball, by author Michael Lewis, is a famous book, and now movie, about the statistical revolution in professional baseball in the United States. The real life protagonist is Billy Beane who is the general manager of a small market team the Oakland Athletics, which must be more efficient to win regularly in comparison to well-funded [...]

Director of Soccer Operations gaining a place in College Soccer

December 22nd, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Director of Soccer Operations position allows coaches to focus on coaching. The position of Director of “Sport” Operations is a relatively young one outside the revenue sports in college athletics and is now being added around the country. Using my business degree from Purdue University and my work background in strategic consulting I analyzed [...]

The Moneyball era in soccer is not quite here

November 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of books that outline how countries and clubs are not guaranteed to win in soccer because of processes beyond control and the nature of the game allowing for variance in expected outcomes. To win consistently a club or country needs a consistent source of players. To develop those players they need [...]

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