Player Performance

In the Player Performance section of a player profile page, you can assess performance of a player on specific offensive and defensive actions. In general, offensive performance is divided in passing, crossing, dribbling, finishing, ball retention and offensive positioning. Defensive performance is divided into prevention, recoveries and pressing.

Good to know:

  • Performance insights are already shown after playing 1 minute.
  • Only matches/minutes played on the main position (or position group such as left- and right wingers) are considered.
  • The other players in the benchmark visual (benchmark players) are shown if they have played >450 minutes on that position in that season.

For all categories, subcategories are made to further analyse performance in detail. The following subcategories are used (with explanation):

OFFENSIVE

Passing

  • Short pass: pass shorter than 10 metres.
  • Middle long pass: pass between 10 and 34 metres.
  • Long pass: pass longer than 34 metres.
  • Direct pass: pass directed straight towards the opponent goal.
  • Switch of play: pass switching play from one side of the pitch to the other side.
  • Build-up pass: pass from the own or middle third.
  • Chance creation pass: pass from the final third.
  • Pass into final third: pass from the own or middle third into the final third.
  • Deep completion: forward pass longer than 15 meters that ends in the final 25 metres of the pitch.
  • Pass in or around the box: pass starting and ending in the box or 10 metres in front of the opponent penalty box.
  • First pass after recovery: first pass after regaining possession.

Crossing

  • Early cross: cross from before the height of the opponent penalty box.
  • Late cross: cross from beyond the height of the opponent penalty box.
  • Cutback cross: Low cross from the back line inside the opponent penalty box.

Dribbling

  • Carry: carry the ball through open space.
  • Dribble past opponent: Attempt to create a numerical advantage by taking on an opponent.
  • Cut inside: Dribble from the flank towards the centre in the final third.
  • Dribble into the box: Dribble from outside opponent penalty box into the opponent penalty box.
  • Create overload: Dribble from the own third into the middle third in the centre of the pitch to create a numerical superiority in this area.

Finishing

  • Close shot: shot from inside the opponent penalty box.
  • Long distance shot: shot from outside the opponent penalty box.
  • Offensive header: attempt to score with the head.
  • Offensive header from set piece: attempt to score with the head directly from a corner or freekick.
  • Close shot not from cross: shot from inside the opponent penalty box not preceded by a cross.
  • Finish cross: shot from inside the opponent penalty box directly from a cross.

Ball Retention

  • Avoid dangerous ball loss in own half: action that results in a loss of possession in the player’s own half.
  • Play safe in opponent half: action that does not results in a loss of possession in the opponent half.

Offensive positioning

  • Overlapping run: ball reception in a run over the flank.
  • Underlapping run: ball reception in a run through the centre.
  • Reception in the final third: reception of a pass or cross in the final third.
  • Reception in the halfspace: ball reception in the halfspace in the final third from a pass or cross.
  • Reception in the box: ball reception in the opponent penalty box from a pass or cross.

DEFENSIVE

Prevention

  • Clearance: attempt to kick or head the ball away to limit the opponent’s goal to scoring chances.
  • Blocking shot: attempt to block an opponent shot.
  • Foul: foul resulting in either a free kick or a penalty kick for the opponent team.
  • Defensive air challenge: air challenge won in the own half.
  • Defensive header after opposition setpiece: header inside the own penalty box directly after an opponent free-kick or corner kick.
  • Defensive header: header inside the own penalty box.

Recoveries

  • Tackle: attempt to retrieve the ball from the feet of the opponent by performing a standing or sliding tackle.
  • Interception: retrieve the ball from an opponent pass or cross.
  • Recovery own third: regain possession in the own third with an interception or tackle.
  • Recovery final third: regain possession in the final third with an interception or tackle.

Pressing

  • Counterpressing: closing down or an attempt to win the ball back within 5 seconds after possession loss of the team.
  • Pressing high zone: pressure on the opponent in possession in the final third.
  • Pressing low zone: pressure on the opponent in possession in the own third.
  • Power play: attempt to win the ball by engaging in physical duels.

Defensive Positioning

  • Prevent the direct opponent from being dangerous with passing by defending well.
  • Prevent the direct opponent from being dangerous with dribbling by defending well.
  • Prevent the direct opponent from being dangerous with crossing by defending well.
  • Prevent the direct opponent from finishing by defending well.

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