Goal Scoring Statistics – Modern Trends in Football (Soccer)
A coupla days ago I quoted some percentages that used to be accurate back in the mid-nineties – and rightly so some good folks asked if they were still up to date.
so… i did a bit of digging and sourced this document: http://www.oregonyouthsoccer.org/assets/coaches/Trends_in_Modern_Football_UEFA.pdf
IMHO this pdf file is well worth the read from front to back….
Here are the stats as they stand in the mid 00’s – I would guess that this document is about 4-5 years old (couldn’t find anything this extensive elsewhere) – if someone can that would be great – for now though these numbers are obviously more up-to-date than what I had… I will be working on a ‘what does this mean?’ and offer those additional thoughts for the sharks to feed on in another fan post…
48% of goals scored are after 1 touch at most
29% of goals scored are after 2 touches at most
12% of goals scored are after 3 touches at most
7% of goals scored are after 4 touches at most
4% of goals scored are after 5 touches and more
Goals scored from set pieces 30% (PK, Direct Free Kick, Indirect FK and Corner Kick)
Open Play – 70% of goals scored in open play are the result of accelerated attacks or counter-attacks
Open Play – 30% of goals scored are the result of controlled built up attacks
Open Play – 70% of shots come at the end of sequences of 1 to 3 passes;
Open Play – 90% of shots come at the end of sequences of 6 passes or less
First goal scored = 75% of the time that team wins.
40% of the goals from open play were the result of a quick break.
50% of goals are scored from a cross (1 out of two goals)
79% of goals are scored from inside the 18 yard box
63% of goals are scored between the penalty spot and goal line
so – bottom line – the numbers have changed a wee bit but the law of averages appears to me to be just about the same – set pieces are critical to scoring goals and a ton of goals are scored with just a very few number of passes…