Archive for the ‘Soccer Statistics’ Category


Game of Throw ins – restarts integral to the game

December 11th, 2018Posted by BJ Pheasant

Restarts are an underrated tactical area in soccer. I argue elsewhere that 5% of practice time on restarts will significantly improve efficacy. It is the 4th dimension in soccer (1st Dimension – verticality, 2nd Dimension – horizontal/possession, and 3rd Dimension – Arial). The article below says that in some MLS games 10% of completed passes […]

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 […]

technical scouting gaining acceptance

December 19th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

The image of the wizened old scout stood in the cold scouring for talent at a provincial football ground remains. But like other facets of the game, scouting is changing. And technology is driving development. These days a football player is as likely to be discovered on a computer database several time-zones away as on […]

ManCity to Release Soccer Stats to help find the ‘bill james’ of soccer

August 16th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

On Friday, City will make available through its website the data on every player in every team from every game in the Premier League last season. That may not enrapture the supporter fixated on Robin van Persie’s next career move but to the growing number of researchers, sports scientists and bloggers seeking new ways to […]

Celebrating Moneyball Concepts in Soccer

December 11th, 2011Posted by BJ Pheasant

As you can guess from my research in Capitalization Rates of Youth Soccer in the US I am a stat guy. I am also a fan of the book Moneyball. I finally got a chance to see the movie, which was average. The point of the book was the stats, which I was curious how […]

240 points will get you to a girls basketball game

February 11th, 2011Posted by BJ Pheasant

Think that it is common sense that high scoring is more exciting? Think again with some help from Paul Gardner. “Most coaches — I won’t say all, there must be exceptions — find nothing wrong with any of this. They seem totally unperturbed by the decline of attacking play. And they seem not to notice […]

Science behind Soccer Substitutions

February 9th, 2011Posted by BJ Pheasant

The following a short article printed in the WSJ. I am still looking for the actual study. ——————————- The pace and flow of soccer generally make it difficult for managers to affect the outcome of a match once it begins. Since soccer has almost no stoppages for coaches to draw on clipboards or strategize with […]

youth participation numbers from US and Canada

December 23rd, 2010Posted by BJ Pheasant

Interesting study form the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association about youth sport participation numbers. I am unclear if that is just registered or if they went with respondents from surveys. A second study from Canada showing a decline in youth sort participation from 1992-2005. However, soccer holds up well.

Football Manager game review

December 18th, 2010Posted by BJ Pheasant

Best Christmas Present, or birthday, that you can buy. Football Manager 2011 is the latest entry in the famously addictive series of “realistic” soccer simulation games. People play this for days at a time, literally without blinking. The game-status screen includes an “addictedness rating,” which tells you things like, “Your soul belongs to me forever, […]

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