Data from the website showing Premier Division average points from season 2017 2018. Scroll through the titles at the top.
Shelley CFC V Bay Athletic.  The Tale of the tape.
Goal video and brief statistical summary of the first game.

Shelley CFC V Bay Athletic

Huddersfield Challenge Cup Final


Statistical analysis.

The important statistic is 1 goal to each team, but for those who want to peel the layers of the game away here is some analysis of other events.

My main analysis looks at final third entries and their impact on shots created.  The graphic below demonstrates the difference between the halves, the one on the left is first half.  Shelley had 28 Final Third Entries (FTE) compared to Bay's 50 in the first half with a 53.5% and 64% success rate respectively. (Success is defined as playing the ball to a team mate in the final third). In the second half this was, Shelley 55 FTE, Bay 35 FTE, 36.3%, 71.4% success respectively. (Overall Shelley 83 FTE, 42% success, Bay 85, 67% success).

The theory is that a team that can play a series of passes in the final third, particularly against a defence that is balanced, will create good shooting opportunities, especially if it can get into the box.  The chart below shows the number of occasions when the teams achieved 1,2,3 or 4+ passes in the final third, thus demonstrating composure. (Of course there will be times when it is good play to get into the final third quickly with one pass or a run with the ball and shoot).
Overall Shelley had 14 shots (7 on 7 off) and Bay had 15 (7 on and 8 off). Of those shots 6 were in the box for Shelley and 6 in the box for Bay.
The replay is due to be played on Saturday the 16th of May, 7pm kick off at Storthes Hall.

Give your child the edge on team mates and opponents by analysing their performance whilst they play their football. Use the data to give them a focus to aid their improvement over a period of games to build a profile. Below is a brief article to show you how. 

Analyse your own child's performance. 

There are a few Smartphone apps that allow you to tag events during a live sports event, thus giving you the chance to collect data on performance.  One of these is Dartfish Easytag.

It is available FREE on iphone and android and it gives you the flexibility to tag whatever events you like.


1) Keep it simple.

2) Define very clearly what you want to tag.

3) Practice before you go to live tagging. 

Below are tutorials that give you an overview of the app.

There are other tutorial videos available on YOUTUBE.


Happy tagging.

Longomatch is free Sports Analysis software that has developed into an impressive bit of kit.

Watch this space for more information on how I use Longomatch in my analysis. 


Basic video/notational analysis with junior football players.

I have coached football to children for around 16 years and have followed various coaching manuals.  I have felt that teaching them to pass the ball well was like banging my head against a brick wall until I began to immerse myself in the world of performance analysis.

This idea is very simple and fairly easy to do and it works.  (I wonder how many professional academies and schools of excellence do this sort of thing, let me know if you are an analyst at an academy, I would be interested to hear what you do.)

The sessions I ran had a theme of passing and keeping the ball.   I used the example from PROZONE of Spain from the last World Cup, to get the point across about the value of keeping possession, to the players and parents. See:

The coaching sessions consisted of working with the players on the key points of passing and receiving. These sessions ran for 6 weeks.   At the end of each session the players have a match for the last 20 minutes which was videoed. (Permission was requested from all parents before I did this).  I am fortunate that the school I work at has a wall running alongside the pitch so I use this to get a reasonable, safe vantage point on the halfway line.  I simply hand notated the successful and unsuccessful passes for each player but broke this down into 5 minute sections.  The analysis takes about 30 minutes to do with another 10 minutes of work on excel to produce the graphs.

The players receive the feedback at the next session in the form of an individual graph and individual targets are discussed.  See fig 1.

Figure 1: Individual player feedback bar chart for pass frequency and success.  


The graphs throw up some interesting information particularly as the analysis is broken down into five minute sections.

Averages for the group are worked out; these are for frequency of passes and percentage success rate. If a player is above both these averages they achieve star player status for the week.

I found that this really motivated the players and focussed their minds when it came to the matches. They especially enjoy getting the feedback. I have also used the analysis to make team choices and those who were left on the bench were given an explanation of my decision which again helped to motivate them to improve.

I feel it is valuable to give the players experience of performance analysis for many reasons. The players were really responsive as were the parents as they realise that the players they look up to use the same systems, so why not them?

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