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Before the World Cup I posted expected goal maps of all of this season’s Copa Libertadores matches, from the preliminary rounds to the group stage, to the Soccermetrics Pictures Twitter feed. Now that the World Cup is over and Libertadores is set to resume next week, it’s time to take a statistical look at the […]
In a previous post, I wrote about match management by referees at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Effective match time is part of that analysis, and it is possible to infer the average amount of effective time during the tournament. This post will break down effective match time over all 64 matches played.As is the […]
Passing network analysis has become part of the standard output in advanced soccer analytics. In this post, I show which players were most influential to their national team’s passing networks at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.During the World Cup I posted passing networks for most matches, and almost all of the knockout phase matches. If […]
Four years ago I used the occasion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to write my first articles on referee performance analytics. In the absence of tracking data these analytics have focused more on the management of matches by the 25 center officials than the veracity of in-match decisions or proximity to major events. I’ve […]
As you already know, France are the new world champions after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final.You would be hard pressed to say that France don’t deserve to be world champions. They didn’t lose a match, they achieved four clean sheets, and they had arguably the best central defender pairing, holding […]