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The Final: Middle Road

This morning, we’ll look at the Ball Possession Heat Map included in the official FIFA match report.

Although Brazil’s possession chart is empty (perhaps their length of possession overloaded the computer system tracking them), there is a little we can learn from the U.S. one alone.

  1. Going ‘North to South’ 47% of the U.S. possession was in the middle of the field.
  2. 45% of the U.S. possession was in the midfield (middle third).
  3. A total of 78% the U.S. possession was within middle of the field (adding 1. + 2. but not double counting the overlap in the dead center of the field, 14%).
  4. In the attacking third, the ball was in the wings 14% of our possession.
  5. Time in Possession: 36.9 minutes

Let’s compare those numbers to the Semi-Final with Spain:

  1. ‘North to South’, 50% of U.S. possession was in the middle of the field.
  2. 44% of the U.S. possession was in the midfield (middle third).
  3. 80% of the U.S. possession was in the middle of the field (adding 1. + 2. but not double counting the overlap in the dead center of the field, 14%).
  4. In the attacking third, the ball was in the wings 13% of our possession.
  5. Time in Possession:  39.6 minutes

Looking at these charts, it is hard to believe that one represents a 3-2 loss and the other, a 2-0 victory over perhaps the best team in the world.  But the script for each match was essentially the same:  the U.S. scores early and then sits back and hopes its opponent does not score 2 or 3 goals.

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