The goFooty metrics

Love for soccer depends on one thing: giving the audience what they really want—to see magic on the field, which includes respect for the other team. The goFooty metrics are designed to encourage players to develop their magic on the field. With regards to respect for the other team, we promote the goFooty culture.

So, what is the difference between a statistic and a metric? To the goFooty advocate…

statistic is a count of something (like the score and the number of shots in a match). All statistics continue to go up in value when the value changes. Statistics tell us very little on their own but might tell us something when combined with another measure.

A metric is a combination of two or more measures, like shot quality is total shots on goal divided by total shots. Metrics offer great value because they are easy to understand, which develops player interests, initiative, critical thinking and drive. They also motivate the development of something specific, unlike the score that motivates the development of the whole.

Counter attacks

The metric: The number of rapid drives that lead to pressure in the attacking third.

Counter attacks are a whole-team skill. It requires the defensive and mid-field players to make through balls and the forwards to bring the ball into the attacking third.

Taking a shot is the desired outcome, but it is still a counter attack if the play leads to shot potential and is well defended by the other team.

Metric priority:

  1. Goal Appetite
  2. Counter attacks

Shot quality

The metric: The rate of shots on target.

Metric priority:

  1. Goal appetite
  2. Shot quality
  3. Goals per shot

 

Shot block rate

The metric: The rate shots are blocked.

Metric priority:

  1. Low opponent goal appetite
  2. Low opponent shot quality
  3. High shot block rate
  4. High save rate

Goal Appetite™

The metric: The rate of shots when in goal-assisting range.

Defensive and mid-field players feed the ball into the attacking third (for a feeding frenzy) and the mid-field and forward players take shots.

Scrimmage without keepers. It will develop a Goal Appetite, defending, shot blocks and strategic thinking.

Metric priority:

  1. Goal Appetite
  2. Counter attacks

Restart Appetite™

The metric: Measures the team’s ability to keep the ball, win the ball, take a shot, and prevent the opponent from taking a shot from all restarts.

Restarts: kickoffs, goal kicks, corners, throw ins, free kicks.

Restart Appetite is a highly valuable metric for player development. As players develop, their “appetite” to make a difference also increases. When the team has a high Restart Appetite, the players are developing independently with their own initiative.

Restart Appetite is high when coordination exists. Defensively, one player attacks the person with the ball and teammates shut down the other team’s options. Offensively, the team maintains control of the ball through passing and takes shots.

Metric priority: Develop the success and defending metrics below and you develop the Restart Appetite.

Players think about making opportunities, taking opportunities and being an option for their teammates.

Corner success

The metric: The rate of shots as a result of corner kicks.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Corner defending

The metric: Shows how well shots are prevented from opponent corner kicks.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Free kick success

The metric: The rate of shots and control that come from free kicks.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Free kick defending

The metric: Shows how well the team prevents shots and gains control from free kicks.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Set-piece success

The metric: The rate of shots from corners and free kicks in the opponent’s half.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Set-piece defending

The metric: Shows how well the team prevents shots from corners and free kicks in their own half.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Goal-kick / throw-in success

The metric: Shows how well the team keeps the ball.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

Goal-kick / throw-in defending

The metric: Shows how well the team wins the ball when defending.

A component of the Restart Appetite above.

To note

Note how your team’s “success” and the opponent’s “defending” for each metric total 100%. This weighting passes to the “development” screens that show what happens for each metric from match to match.

Statistically…

Between equal teams, Throw ins will be 50:50. Higher if your team is more strategic.

Throw-in metrics are one of the best indicators of a team’s strategic thinking combined with interest to get scoring opportunities. Develop the love for scoring opportunities and throw ins will improve.

Goal kick success will be 50:50 but higher for your team if you play short (which you might do if your passing is solid). Possession will likely increase as goal kick success increases, which is not a clear objective of the game, however. What is your strategy? Do you play short to promote scoring opportunities with through balls or do you go for the 50:50? With increased risk is increased development if you can manage it.

Corners and set pieces will have low success rates.

A note about passing

If you wonder where our passing statistics are, check out our blog post called Passing and the hidden benefits of the goFooty app.