The right footed left forward

This is a brief study I started working on this summer but never had time to get ready enough to publish, until now. So, here it is!

I had an idea to study if there is any significant difference in goal conversion for right footed players in the left part of the pitch in relation to left footed players shooting from the right part of the pitch. The idea would not only be that a right footed would player get more opportunities to score from the left, supported by the argument that players better can cut inwards when playing with the odd foot, but also that the angle to the goal would be somewhat better thus increasing the goal conversion. Continue reading The right footed left forward

Damallsvenskan 2015 – season summary

A while back I listened to the Analytics FC podcast, episode 4 and now recently the episode 14. Among other things they talked about womens football and the lack of available (open) data. When I heard it I thought I’d give a try with the data I have gathered for the Swedish League – Damallsvenskan. So here is the summary of Damallsvenskan 2015!

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XGs broken down into game states for Allsvenskan and Superettan

So, while I’m still at it, working with game states, I thought it would be interesting to look att how teams and payers perform in different game states. So I made two plots… Continue reading XGs broken down into game states for Allsvenskan and Superettan

The (true) importance of scoring the first goal.

I have to put out a correction of my last blog post. Sorry about that! The impact of scoring the first goal wasn’t as large as I stated yesterday. I had a bug in my script that made erroneous game-states on goals scored. I have now corrected it and carefully checked the results. Thanks to the comment from Sam in the blog post I now also can compare the figures for Premier League which feels comforting. This is what the plot actually should look like:
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The importance of scoring the first goal

To quote coach Lars Lagerbäck – “Goals change games”.
At first, this post was just going to be a brief follow up of the preview I posted last week before ÖFK – Sirius. Well, the problem was that when I made the XG map after the game it just didn´t seem to make sense.
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