Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Tracking soccer shots

Wherein if I wasn't already scheduled for the beach, I'd head up to Nashville on May 23 for the World Cup tuneup against Morocco


Has anyone seen a decent form for tracking soccer shots? I'm sure something exists, I've just never seen anything. I'm thinking I want to track not just where shots are taken, but how it missed or was saved or scored.

Should headers be tracked differently?

Is it important to note where a pass or cross came from? Or that a shot came from a direct kick or corner?

Below is an example. Here's the legend:
  • Black circle: score
  • Circle with X: save
  • Circle R: shot missed right
  • Circle L: shot missed left
  • Circle H: shot missed high
  • Black Square: header score
  • Square with X: header save
  • Square R: header missed right
  • Square L: header missed left
  • Square H: header missed high


Results:
  • 1 shot scored
  • 1 header scored
  • 1 shot saved
  • 1 header saved
  • 2 shots missed left
  • 1 shot missed right
  • 1 shot missed high
  • 1 header missed left
  • 1 header missed right
  • 1 header missed high


Comments requested.

4 Comments:

Blogger XWL said...

At first I thought all that was some secret cheat code for a PS2 Soccer game

(nope, the two cheat codes listed are ----> LEFT,UP,UP,RIGHT,DOWN,DOWN,RIGHT,DOWN Unlock All Venues, and Hold L1 + Triangle and press Left, Up, Up, Right, Down, Down, Right, Down All locations)

5/02/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Also, the diagram of the pitch would fit better if you rotate it 90 degrees

5/02/2006 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Guess I should have said helpful comments requested.

5/03/2006 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger XWL said...

Sorry, don't play the sport, or watch often, I don't see shot charting in Hockey either the way you do in Basketball, so maybe there's a reason coaches in Hockey and Soccer don't bother with that sort of detail.

(though it's definitely a useful way to evaluate player and team performance in Basketball)

Glad I could help you hone your requests for comments though, experience is the best teacher.

(bet you won't make that mistake again in the future)

5/03/2006 09:25:00 PM  

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