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U.S. v. Slovenia — Let’s Talk Ball Possession

Whew.  I am glad that’s over.  Now it’s time to once again take the Ball Possession Heat Map compiled by FIFA, crunch the numbers, and share the results.  As with the U.S. v. England match, we’re using actual time of possession and not multiplying Time of Possession (%) by 90 minutes.  To help add context, the values from the U.S. v. England match are included in square brackets.

The Ball in the U.S. Back Third:  18.36 Minutes [15.24 Minutes]

The U.S. spent 22% [19%] of its time in possession of the ball in its own back third.  11% [11%] of which was in front of its own goal.  Slovenia spent 34% [31%] of its possession in our third, 13% of its total time in front of our goal.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Total Minutes in U.S. back third: 18.36 [15.24]
  • U.S. in Possession:  7.48 [5.32] minutes
  • Slovenia in Possession: 10.88 [9.92] minutes
  • Slovenia in Possession on Wings:  4.64 [5.12] min.
  • On U.S. left:  3.58 [3.72] minutes
  • In U.S. center: 7.9 [7.88] minutes
  • On U.S. right: 6.88 [3.64] minutes

The Ball in the Midfield: 35.06 [ 29.24] min.

The U.S. spent 57% [53%] of its possession in the middle of the field.  Slovenia spent 49% [45%] of its possession in the middle of the field (19% [16%] on left; 17% [17%] in center; and 13% [12%] on right).

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Total minutes in midfield: 35.06 [29.24] min.
  • U.S. in Possession:  19.38 [14.84] min.
  • Slovenia in Possession: 15.68 [14.4] min.
  • On the U.S.’s Left:  8.92 [6.92] min.
  • In the Center of the field:  13.26 [11.6] min.
  • On the U.S.’s Right:  12.88 [10.72] min.

The Ball in Slovenia’s Back Third:  18.36 [15.52] min.

The U.S. spent 21% [28%] of its possession in Slovenia’s back third.  Slovenia spent 17% [24%] of its possession in its own back third.  13% [14%] of the U.S.’s possession (4.42 min.) was in front of the Slovenian goal.  11% [13%] of Slovenia’s possession (3.52 min) was in front of its goal.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Total minutes in Slovenia’s back third: 12.58 [15.24] min.
  • U.S. in Possession:  7.14 [7.84] min.
  • U.S. in Possession on Wings:  2.72 [3.92] min.
  • Slovenia in Possession: 7.9 [7.68] min.
  • On the U.S.’s Left:  2.64 [3.64] min.
  • In the Center of the field:  7.94 [8.08] min.
  • On the U.S.’s Right:  2 [3.8] min.

Attacking Summary for U.S.

If we add up the numbers for the front and the middle and sort them by side of the field, we can see how much time the U.S. spent in possession ostensibly on the offensive.

  • Total time:  26.52 [22.68] min.
  • Total % of ball possession: 78% [81% ]
  • On the Left:  6.12 [4.48] min. (18% of possession)
  • In the Center:  12.24 [10.08] min. (36% of possession)
  • On the Right:  8.16 [8.12] min. (24% of possession)
  • Shots (on goal):  14(6) [13(4)]
  • Minutes in Possession per Shot: 2.42 min/shot — [2.2 min/shot]
  • Minutes in Possession per Shot on Goal: 5.7 min/SOG — [7 min/SOG] 

Attacking Summary for Slovenia

  • Total time:  26.56 min.
  • Total % of ball possession: 83%
  • On the Left:  10.24 min. (32% of possession)
  • In the Center: 9.6 min. (30% of possession)
  • On the Right:  6.72 min. (21% of possession)
  • Shots (on goal):  7(4)
  • Minutes in Possession per Shot: 4.6 min/shot
  • Minutes in Possession per Shot on Goal: 8 min/SOG 
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