Gluck: Updated Possession with Purpose and the New Total Soccer Index

Much has transpired in the world of soccer statistics over the past four years since I first published: Possession with Purpose - An Introduction and some Explanations. Three years ago I published my Possession with Purpose - Revised Introduction. In 2014 the concept was presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. Last year the concept... Continue Reading →

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Gluck: What adds more value? Goal Scored or Goal Prevented?

With soccer statistical analysis growing daily, a longer headline might be:  What do the tea leaves show about team performance measurements in Major League Soccer?  Does the goal prevented show greater value, relative to points earned, than the goal scored? Even that's a bit wordy though... maybe it's... Soccer Statistics:  What does "right" look like now? If you read The Numbers Game:... Continue Reading →

Gluck – Predicting Team Standings in Professional Soccer

CAN IT BE DONE? Over the last four years I've conducted research on various professional soccer leagues and competitions.  To include Major League Soccer, the English, German, and Spanish Premier Leagues, as well as the UEFA Champions League and the Men's World Cup of 2014. Here's my latest analyses on how the Possession with Purpose... Continue Reading →

Major League Soccer – Can it truly reach the heights of top European Leagues by 2025?

What prompted this piece was the recent article published on Soccer By Ives about Don Garber's vision for MLS by 2025 :  http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/09/insists-worlds-leagues.html It's a good article and worth the read.   Editorial - In a follow up to this article (below) Stephen Brandt and I, on Yellowcardedpod, interview Brian Dunseth and Thomas Rongen on some... Continue Reading →

Portland Timbers, Major League Soccer and Europe’s Elite Leagues

This post was originally offered up on Stumptownfooty - the SB Nation blog site I write for when I cover the Portland Timbers - given there is up-to-date info in here about how some European Leagues finished (with respect to Possession with Purpose) I felt it worthy to re-post my article here for my overseas... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins Five – Europe

In my previous series on Expected Wins Four - probably more appropriately entitled "Expected Points" - I'd taken a look at how the general tendencies of four primary Leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain, as the UEFA Champions League) compare to Major League Soccer - Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? This time... Continue Reading →

Redefining and Modernizing Total Shots Ratio

For many years Total Shots Ratio has plodded along as a good indicator of team shooting performance, not overall team performance, but shooting performance. It's a good enough indicator that its found its way into generic match reports for professional soccer teams and has good visibility on Opta - a well recognized soccer statistics company... Continue Reading →

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