Gluck: Fourth Year Anniversary Edition

My thanks to everyone who has supported my web site the last four years! It's been a learning experience for me and, I hope, for you too. As the new year starts I've got at least five new articles planned; here's a quick synopsis on what to expect: Following up on Coaching Youth Soccer Part I and Coaching... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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: 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 →

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 →

Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? Expected Wins 4

Jurgen Klinsmann made a statement the other week about his preference that players working to make the USMNT play in Europe not in America. Lots of hoo-haw followed with opinions being thrown out there by just about everyone. As far as I know no-one has, as yet, come up with a way to quantitatively measure... Continue Reading →

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