Football statistics have become more and more prevalent over time. While some fans and pundits still view them as numbers generated on a spreadsheet, their benefits are clear.
These stats help reveal a team’s true strengths and weaknesses while making comparisons easier. There are two primary types of football statistics: volume and efficiency.
Association football matches pit two teams against each other to score as many goals as possible during a match. A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over either end of a field of play between two centrally placed upright goal posts with horizontal crossbars approximately 8 feet (2.44m) apart and underneath them; these goals typically contain nets to prevent spectator areas from being infiltrated by balls passing into them.
As well as basic box football statistics, there are other metrics which can be useful when studying football. One such metric is expected goals (also known as xG) which helps measure scoring opportunities.
Tiebreakers are widely utilized in league competitions, taking into account both teams’ head-to-head records and goal differences as a tiebreaker. Some tournaments like the World Cup use it both as the first or, sometimes second tiebreaker.
Time of possession
Time of Possession is often considered one of the most crucial statistics in football, as its goal is to gauge a team’s dominance during a match and increase chances to score. However, this stat can often be misleading; here are a few things to keep in mind when analyzing this figure.
Time of possession also poses another problem in that it may lead to fatigued defensive players who then find it harder to stop opposing teams’ offensive drives, potentially increasing turnover risks and making stopping opposing team drives harder.
Teams that emphasize possession should use the ball creatively rather than simply passing or kicking it around aimlessly, in order to create opportunities for their forwards and midfielders to run and pass, as well as frustrating opponents by forcing them into making errors that lead them back into possession – the end result will be victory for the possession-focused side.
Goals are the cornerstone of soccer, and understanding their breakdown can provide a key insight into a team’s performance. While teams may concede goals through poor passes or saves missed by goalkeepers or simply losing concentration, there are steps they can take to prevent conceding goals such as communicating effectively or marking opponents closely.
Goal difference measures the difference between goals scored and conceded for any team, as seen on their league table, and is used as a tiebreaker when teams tie. First introduced at the 1970 World Cup and adopted by England’s Football League five years later as an alternative tiebreaker to goal average (it replaced this method).