I have been reading this book, “The Numbers Game” which explains Why Everything You Know About Football (Soccer) Is Wrong.
When I say I’ve been “reading” this book, it’s been more like “devouring” the book. It’s been shocking, informative and depressing all at once!
Well, it’s claim to explain “Why Everything You Know About Football (Soccer) Is Wrong” is vehemently backed up with stats and research from all over the world.
It asks many wonderful questions such as: “Do teams that score the most goals always win the league?” “Do the teams that concede the fewest goals win titles?”
Here’s another beaut: “Does the number of goals a team scores increase with the number of corners it wins?”
Here’s some other gems:
“Any given shot has a one in eight chance of hitting the back of the net.”
“Historical records show that 48% of games are home wins, 26% are draws (ties)and 26% are away victories.”
What about this one….”Scoring an additional ten goals reduced a club’s expected number of defeats per season by 1.76; conceding ten fewer goals reduced defeats in the Premier League by 2.35 matches. So when it came to avoiding defeat, the goals the club didn’t concede were each 33%more valuable than the goals they scored.”
Food for thought, eh?
So, my simple recommendation is: GRAB THIS BOOK NOW!
As I’m reading this book, my mind is a whir. I’m already thinking how I am going to change my practices, tactics, heck, even my approach to the game. (That is for those games/teams in which I am focusing on “winning” as opposed to “development.”)
Once you’ve had your soccer juices stimulated by this book, you’re going to want to get right out there on the practice field and start implementing your new found discoveries. Use my FREE Soccer Practice Planner to put together your practices in 3 minutes or less: