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 →

Gluck – Clearances – Clearing the Air or Clear as Mud?

My after season team performance analysis continues. This week I'm taking a look at Clearances.  A much used individual statistic that many rely on to rate the value of central defenders.  But does it add real value?  Are defenders with more clearances better than those with fewer clearances? My research looks at clearances from two... Continue Reading →

Moneyball 2 – Soccer Statistics – Taking it to the next level

Probably the biggest leader in soccer analytics (Prozone Sports) have released two products in the last year, or so, that should begin to change the landscape of soccer statistics. I applaud their actions but I'm still not convinced they scratch the right itch, or at least my question; what are the best statistics available to better... 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 →

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 →

Busting the Myth of Moneyball in Soccer Statistics?

Over the past month or so Tim, @7amkickoff, and I have been having some great discussions about soccer, statistics, and the ways or means in how to use statistics to better communicate what may be happening on the pitch outside of what may normally be seen by supporters. I'm not sure we've cracked the nut completely... Continue Reading →

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