List of Soccer Statistics
The game of soccer has not changed much since its inception. Known as "The beautiful game," it is very basic and easy to track if you are not able to watch it live or on television. The list below will show you how to stay on top of what your team is doing on the pitch during the game.
List of Soccer Statistics
This accounts for how many goals a player has scored either in a single game, for their club team, national team, or career. The record holder for goals in a soccer career is Josef Bican, with around 805 goals.
Goals Per Game (GPG)
This stat illustrates how many goals a team scores per game. This number is often very low because soccer is not a high scoring sport very often. This can give the opposition an idea of how good offensively the team they are about to play is.
Assists are when a player passes the ball and the next kick results in a goal. Players who create a lot of assists are very important. One of the best assist makers in the world right now is Lionel Messi.
Assists Per Game (APG)
This is known as the assists per game statistic. It shows how many assists a player creates during one game. This is an average metric based on the combination of assists the player has and the number of games they have played.
This stat records all of the shots a team takes throughout the game. These shots are not based on if they make it to the goal or not. They are based on the attempt of a player trying to shoot towards the net, even if it misses by a lot or a little.
Shots on Goal (SOG)
Shots on goal are determined if the ball had a chance to go in the net after it was kicked. Shots on goal are often displayed in parentheses next to the total amount of shots. Shots on goal can be recorded as an individual or team statistic.
This stat shows how long the team had control of the ball during the game. This is always measured in a percentage out of 100. For example, if your team had 51% possession throughout the game, your opponent would have had 49% possession.
Goals For (GF)
Goals for is a stat for the team as a whole. It depicts how many goals the team has scored throughout a certain competition. These stats are often recorded during league play, and can be important for tie breaking situations.
Goals Allowed (GA)
Goals allowed are also a team stat. Most often blamed on the goalie, this is a team stat because goals for the opponent can be caused by your own defenders, known as an own goal. Goals allowed illustrates how many goals the team has given up during a competition.
This stat shows how many minutes a player has been involved in the game. This is most often recorded as a game by game statistic, and can be used when teams are looking to see if any of their players need rest.
Fouls are recorded on both a team basis and individual basis. A foul occurs when a player pushes, grabs, or incorrectly tackles an opposing player. A foul can end in one of three ways; no card, a yellow card, or a red card.
Yellow Cards (YC)
Yellow cards are shown when an inappropriate challenge or tackle is made by a player. The color yellow signifies a warning to the player to watch what they are doing. If the player continues to play recklessly, he may receive another yellow card, which automatically results in a red card.
Red Cards (RC)
While these cards are somewhat rare in soccer, they result in immediate disqualification. This happens when a player receives a second yellow card or makes a really bad challenge and injures a player. Players are not the only people who can get a red card, coaches and players on the bench can too for inappropriate behavior. Red cards are important to record because sometimes a player will get suspended after getting a red card.
Touches are a statistic to show how much a player is involved throughout the game. A touch is defined as when the player makes contact with the ball. The more touches a player gets during the game, the more they are involved. Important players often have more touches than the rest of the team because they are more skilled and needed to get involved.
This stat signifies a turnover by a player or team. Turnovers happen often during a game of soccer, so these numbers are often very high. Unless a team is playing a possession style game, there will be a frequent number of turnovers before the final whistle blows.
Free Kick (FK)
The amount of free kicks a team or player is given during a game is recorded by this statistic. A free kick occurs when a player is fouled. The ball is put back in play by an unguarded kick. A free kick can occur anywhere on the field.
Goal Kick (GK)
Goal kicks are performed exclusively by goalies and are recorded by this abbreviation. Goal kicks occur after the ball goes out of play near the end line after being touched last by the opponent. Goal kicks can also be awarded after failed crosses and missed penalty kicks, but they all occur after the ball has left play.
Penalty Kick (PK)
Penalty kicks are one of the more exciting moments of soccer. They can be recorded either by team or player. A penalty kick occurs when a player is fouled in his offensive box. This results in a free shot one on one with the opposing goalkeeper. Sometimes a game will determine a winner by a series of penalty kicks, usually when the game is tied after 120 minutes.
Corner Kick (CK)
This statistic is mainly recorded on a team basis. A corner kick occurs when your opponent kicks the ball out of play on the end line in your offensive zone. You will get to kick the ball into play from the corner flag, giving your team a chance at heading or kicking the ball past the keeper. Corners are not successful that often, but they are very rewarding when played right.
The passes statistic can be recorded either individually or for the team as a whole. This covers the amount of passes that a player or team makes throughout the game, regardless if the pass was successful or not.