Gluck: It’s not just @USSoccer that needs to “wipe the slate clean”

I'm not on the bandwagon of blasting US Soccer, USSF, Sunil Gulati, the Coaching Staff, or the Players anymore - that's old news for me; especially since the rest of our soccer media has finally caught up to what I was thinking after the US Men's team performance in World Cup 2014.  Here's my summary... Continue Reading →

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FIFA World Rankings – Redux – Time for a Change?

FIFA is embroiled in a huge scandal and the time couldn't be better to review and consider new ways to rank National teams across the World. There are two parts to this for your consideration. Details on how the FIFA World Cup Power Rankings occur and my own thoughts on how they are calculated, and... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League – Who moves on Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid, or Juventus?

I've been a bit busy lately so apologies for not offering up any research on Possession with Purpose; lots going on with it at the moment while all five competitions I measure are still going at full speed. To catch up, using a picture first, here's a look at how PWP compares to Total Shots... Continue Reading →

New Statistics in Soccer (Football)? Open Pass and Open Shot

Over my two year course of analyzing/researching team performance in soccer I've come across a number of general issues I have with modern day statistics in this game and think there is room for improvement. That's not to say most of the current statistics have weaknesses - they don't; the majority of them have function and purpose but... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2014 Final; the two best teams? You bet!

If you've been following my adventures in Major League Soccer you'll know that last year the PWP Index did a pretty good job in showing how the team performances played out in comparison to the League Tables (without) including points scored in my calculations. To be honest, with such a small sample point I really... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2014 – Group Stages Completed; Who’s leading the PWP Pack?

No more draws... you're out you're out.  The true brutality of the game begins; if you're faint of heart and don't want to know how well the USA stacks up against the rest of the World in Possession with Purpose don't read on. I'll lightly touch on my Attacking PWP to set the stage and... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2014 – Possession with Purpose; What do the tea leaves show?

The brutal facts of World Cup results are beginning to take shape now that 2 games are completed in the Group Stage; some surprises on both ends of the pitch to be sure. Is the most surprising of all seeing both Spain and England tossed out with the early morning rubbish? Or is it the complete surprise by... Continue Reading →

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