Soccer Possession

Possession is one of the most fundamental aspects and statistics in soccer. Let's learn a little bit more about it to better understand soccer ball movement. When a team has complete uncontested control of the ball during play. If a player on the opposing team intercepts the ball, they lose control of it. The team that has control of the ball is said to be on offense, while the other team is on defense.


Possession is the term used to describe times when a team has a player passing or dribbling the ball. This time is tracked at professional levels, and represented as a percentage statistic. For example, in a 90 minute match, if team A and B each had possession of the ball for 45 minutes, each team would have 50% possession for the game.

If a team has a clear majority of possession then it probably means they are the ones controlling the tempo of the game.