Saturday, October 13, 2007

Stats online this season

I will be keeping my own team's stats online at this season. Here are the pro and con of such a move:
- Durability of numbers, since maxpreps isn't going away, and my own hard drive just might
- It's free (well, the site is heavily advertised, but not with inappropriate images)
- It advertises players to university-level coaches
- My team can check our own team stats easily (as a player a while back, I really never knew our stats)

-Opposing teams know your stats (Hey, after a few games, they can closely guess your stats anyway)
-No way to create program-long stats since they don't appear to have a multi-season view

I plan to house the numbers at Maxpreps through the season and then download those numbers to create numbers that reflect multiple year data like "highest save total in a career".

Here is a decent set of soccer stat definitions for new stat keepers to refer to.

Soccer Statistics

GP GamesPlayed How many games the player has participated in during the season.
Non-RegulationTime Stats Any stats during overtime periods are counted. Any stats arising from tie-breaking procedures (ie- penalty kicks) are NOT recorded- no goals or goals allowed should be assigned.

Field Stats

G GoalsScored Each goal scored is worth two points. The player who kicks/heads (or otherwise legally plays) the ball across the opponent's goal line is awarded a goal. If the momentum from a deflected shot carries the ball across the goal line, the offensive player should be credited with a goal. An errant pass or head ball by the defense into their own goal is NOT credited to the opposing team- though it is recorded against the goalkeeper as a goal allowed.

SH ShotsTaken A shot is an attempt that is taken with the intent of scoring and is directed toward the goal (a cross or a crossing pass is NOT a shot). The result of a shot is generally either a save or a goal.

A Assists Each assist made is worth one point. An assist is awarded for an offensive pass leading directly to a goal. It is possible to award two assists for one goal (ie- a corner kick headed by an offensive player to a teammate who scores). An assist may also be awarded from an indirect penalty kick or a throw-in. When a shot is deflected (off the post or a defensive player) and an offensive player immediately knocks the rebound in for a goal, the offensive player who took the first shot should be awarded an assist.

ST Steals Steals are given when a player forces an opponent turnover and gains possession of the ball. Receiving an errant pass is not a steal.

Keeper Stats

Min Minutes Played Number of minutes the goalkeeper plays. Generally, this number is rounded to the nearest whole minute. High school regulation time is 40 minutes per half.

GA Goals Allowed Number of goals scored against the team while the goalkeeper is playing in the goal.
GAA Goals Against Average GAA = (GA * 90) / Min

Sa Goals Saved A save is awarded to a goalkeeper only if a shot otherwise would have gone into the goal- regardless of whether the ball is caught or deflected. A save is NOT awarded for intercepting a crossed ball. Saves made by a defensive player other than the goalkeeper are "Team Saves" and are not currently tracked by MaxPreps.

SO Shut Out A goalkeeper receives credit for a shut out only by playing the entire contest and not allowing any goals. If both goalkeepers play the entire game to a final score of 0-0, both goalkeepers should be credited with a shut out.

The majority of these stats and definitions are based on the NCAA Soccer Statisticians' Manual.

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