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Analysis of goals in World Cup Qualifying matches

By Ron Smith | 12/09/2017 | (0) Comments

This article uses quantitative data to analyse the scoring patterns of the Socceroos in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the World Cup Qualifying matches and how goals were conceded in Stage 2.

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A snapshot of EPL scoring patterns

By Ron Smith | 25/08/2017 | (0) Comments

This article provides a snapshot of when goals were scored, where possession was regained, the importance of quick transition from defence to attack plus other factors.

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Hyundai ‘A’ League scoring trends between 2014-15 and 2016-17

By Ron Smith | 25/04/2017 | (1) Comments

This article provides evidence about goals scored between 2014-15 and 2016-17 in Open Play and from Set Plays. Information is included regarding the number of goals scored from regained possessions in each third of the field and the number of passes made preceding each goal in Open Play. Conclusions are drawn regarding strategic decisions and implications for coaches and practice methodoligies are suggested.

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Changing the system - or our thinking about systems?

By Ron Smith | 04/04/2017 | (0) Comments

This article considers the merits of developing adaptable players, questions the importance of systems of play and advocates teaching players basic behaviours or 'habits' as a starting point to learning how to play football..

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Hyundai A League goals after 14 Rounds of the 2016-17 season

By Ron Smith | 12/01/2017 | (1) Comments

A comparison is made of the goals scored this season and last season after 14 rounds. The analysis includes goals in Open Play and from Set Plays, the top 3 teams and how they compare with the league average, goals from regained possessions in each third of the field and the number of passes preceding goals.Some evidence based comments are included about possession-based football and attacking quickly or slowly.

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Hyundai A League Scoring patterns after 9 Rounds

By Ron Smith | 06/12/2016 | (0) Comments

This article compares aspects of scoring patterns in the Hyundai A League after 9 Rounds over the past three seasons and the top three teams compared with the average figures for all teams in the league in the current season.

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Leicester’s goals in 2015-16

By Ron Smith | 21/08/2016 | (0) Comments

This blog analyses the time taken to score, the number of passes preceding each goal and the area of the field where possession was regained for all goals in Open Play.

It also considers the topic of vulnerability as part of Applied Qualitative Analytics (AQA).

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Euro 2016 and the topic of possession

By Ron Smith | 08/08/2016 | (0) Comments

This blog provides some evidence regarding possession and where it was regained on the field prior to goals being scored.

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Goal Scoring Patterns in the Hyundai ‘A’ League; this season and last

By Ron Smith | 30/04/2016 | (0) Comments

This blog is about the goal scoring patterns in the Hyundai 'A' League over the past two seasons.

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Predictability in the Hyundai “A’ League

By Ron Smith | 14/03/2016 | (0) Comments

This article compares the evidence from analysing various aspects of goal scoring over several seasons that show a degree of predictability.

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