In the weeks before the 2014 World Cup began Sports Path assembled a team of Soccer Coaches and Analysts to study key technical aspects of the tournament. Coaches who had completed the LMA School of Football Management Online Course on Evaluation (in conjunction with Prozone Sports) were invited to take part in this Project under the guidance of experienced analysts John Bilton from the UK and Dr. Peter Usher, Sport Psychology Consultant & Performance Analyst from Canada
The Team of Analysts subsequently recruited and briefed by John and Peter included coaches from Australia, Africa, Europe and North America .They have examined every Goal, Shot, Cross and even every throw in for EVERY Game and for ALL Teams in the tournament.
The report is targeted for coaches who are interested in potential practical lessons from the World Cup.These are the questions which will be answered in the Sports Path World Cup Technical Report 2014
- Strikes and Strikers : In excess of 150 goals have been scored during the World Cup
- Which specific 'zone' on the pitch contributes the highest percentage of goal-scoring strikes?
- What percentages of these goals result from long sequences of possession or rapid counter attacks?
- In which third of the pitch does a goal-scoring possession originate?
- Is there a difference in the rates of strike efficiency and strike accuracy between the 'average' and 'top' teams?
- What are the qualities of the World Cup strikers? What makes them lethal?
2. Sequence of Scoring
- What is the probability of winning a match when a team scores the first goal?
- What is the probability of winning a match when a team is winning at half-time?
- What is the probability of winning a match when a team scores two goals in the first- half?
3. Passing and Possession
- Do winning teams use more forward passes than losing teams?
- Possession entries into the attacking third are essential for teams to create striking and scoring opportunities.
- What role do goalkeepers play in teams gaining attacking-third possessions?
4. Goalkeepers: During the 2014 World Cup Goal Keeper (GK) distributions were observed and data was collected. During a match a GK may have between 15 to 35 opportunities to start an attacking move.
- What percentages of those opportunities result in a possession in the attacking-third?
- What is the most effective means for a GK to initiate an attacking-third possession?
- What GK actions lead to a loss of team possession in the defending and middle-thirds
5. Throw-Ins provide an opportunity to start an attacking movement either towards the attacking-third or towards a striking opportunity from within the attacking-third
- Are Throw-ins important in term of gaining attacking-third possessions?
- If so, what opportunities do they provide and how can they be maximized?
- Do teams take maximum advantage of these opportunities which range from 15 to 25 in a match? If so, how do they do it? If not, what (in) actions lead to a breakdown of such opportunities?
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Also now available : Analysing The Soccer Player
John Bilton and Dr.Peter Usher have also created Edition1 of this EBook which had 6800+ readers. Edition 2 has been re-designed with more detailed information for soccer coaches, analysts and students. It focuses on the individual analysis of a player and the contribution that analysis can play within a purposeful coaching programme. Performance analysis has made the authors better coaches and we expect it will do the same for you. Produced by coaches for coaches it has been designed to allow the reader to interact with video, illustrations, diagrams, tables and charts. Though this book covers essential detail for the experienced coach, we feel it will also inspire the beginner coach, analyst and student of the game. Positions analysed include a player's an attacking abilities. Goalkeeper's distribution and an in-depth case study of a strikers goal scoring. Implications for coaching and purposeful work on the training ground are shown.
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