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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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 →

Possession with Purpose Total Soccer Index What is it?

In 2014 I created an Index to measure team performance; my goal was to create one number (exclusive of points scored) that could help me tell a story about team performance that isn't just about goals scored and goals against (Goal Differential). While I can't share the internal data points and algorithms anymore I can... Continue Reading →

Passing – More from Less – Barcley’s Premier League

In updating my Expected Wins series I thought I'd go back and take a look at what teams are performing the best (under the average) when it comes to some of the categories of Possession with Purpose. For starters, this week, let's look at Passing Volume; the league average is 433.75 Total Passes per game; when not reaching the... Continue Reading →

Barcley’s Premier League Week 25 in Review and Week 26 Outlook

There appear to be seven teams in the real run-up to who makes Europe next year with the top four going for the major prize and the fifth team relegated, if you will, to the Europa League.   I'm sure that isn't ideal for the likes of Arsenal, Southampton, Man City, Man United, Tottenham, or... Continue Reading →

Barcley’s Premier League Round-up Week 24

In a week with some eye-brow raising results the best surprise, for some, came from Spurs taking three points from Arsenal.   I won't dig into that game too much; 7amkickoff.com already do a great job telling the tales for the Gunner supporters.  If you're a Gunners supporter you should follow Tim @7amkickoff and read what he and... Continue Reading →

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