The analytics behind the perfect penalty

After the 2016 summer Olympics, where gold-favorites USA crashed out after a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals against Sweden, the US Women’s National Team’s sporting organization vowed never to lose in this way again. Next major championship they would be prepared. They would take a scientific approach to penalty taking.

How to Become a Professional Football Coach

A football team needs to have good coordination and structure to be competitive. Being a football coach means understanding your players and being capable of providing them with the tools needed to reach their best performance, either individually or as part of the team.

The geometry of shooting and how it affects on scoring

A key principle in the approach to football analytics is to make sure that all data is related back to the game itself.

What are Expected Goals and what do they really tell us?

Expected goals (or xG) are the best-known metric in football analytics. They measure the quality of a chance created. When we say that a shot had an xG of 0.2 (or 20%), we mean that typically shots of this type will be scored 20% of the time.

How to increase the probability of scoring in penalties shoot-outs

Penalty shoot-outs are a lottery. Under this perspective, luck seems to be the only factor to consider.

The 87 minutes which determine how good is a player

Since wingers and forwards can spend as little as 180 seconds on-ball during a game, what they do when they have the ball accounts for a very small contribution during the 90 minutes the ball is in play.

The three zones of football

The game of football is simple. If you have got the ball, keep it within your team.

Women’s Football Development. The importance of taking action to bridge the gender gap

Women’s football has extraordinarily succeeded in getting the attention of fans and the mass media.

Even though there is a will, there is no way. Ambition excesses when selecting goals

There are physical and mental limits that often prevent us from reaching our goals. Not all depends on what we do.

Which are Sports Educational Values?

The educational value of sports practise depends on how the coach manages the conditions under which people learn that sport. The educational part is not the learning of techniques or tactics. Not even the physical or psychological benefits of good physical training. The only real educational part is the conditions under which the training sessions and the learning tasks are carried out.