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Post script

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Decided tonight, in the midst of some serious procrastination, to check on the old blog and see how it’s gone.  I’m very pleased to know that my post regarding the average number of minutes of actual playing time is the most commonly cited post on here.  While I enjoyed the momentary notariety that came with predicting Jorge Larrionda would red card an American midfielder in our Confederations Cup match against Spain in 2009, I didn’t start the site to criticize refs.  So I’m glad that something useful to others (typically folks making the argument that soccer is boring, unfortunately) has come from the hard work.

When I come across defunct blogs, I often wonder what happened to them.  Read more…

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On Hiatus

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m going to be out of town for a couple weeks, so post to the site will be on hold.  We’ll resume again in September.

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Competitions Using Additional Assistant Referees

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Following up on a previous story, FIFA released the names of the competitions that will be using additional assistant referees today.  Here’s the list:

Asian Football Confederation (AFC): AFC President’s Cup 2010 (24-26 September)
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF): Campeonato Baiano de Futebol Feminino 2010 (Sept-Dec 2010), Campeonato Carioca de 2011
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FMF): Torneo Clausura 2011, Torneo Apertura 2011 and Torneo Clausura 2012
Fédération Française de Football (FFF): Coupe de la Ligue 2010/2011 (League Cup)
Union des associations européennes de football (UEFA): UEFA Champions League 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, UEFA Europa League 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, and UEFA Super Cup 2010 and 2011.
 
Also approved, but pending confirmation of the specific competitions, were official competitions of the Federação Baiana, the Federação Paulista and Federação Pernambucana in Brazil.

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY:

FIFA also confirmed that goal-line technology is going to be on the agenda when the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meets in October 2010.  Let’s hand it to FIFA:  they promised to make changes to reduce errors in officiating and so far they have been true to their word.

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Adding More Ass’t Refs: Almost a Done Deal?

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

FIFA recently put out a press release that:

The Technical Sub-Committee of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will meet on Wednesday, 21 July 2010 in Cardiff (Wales). The only point on the agenda will be the review and eventual approval of the requests made by various confederations and member associations of FIFA to implement the experiments with two additional assistant referees for competitions of the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons.

It certainly sounds like the “review” process is a mere formality and the conclusion is foregone.  I’d insert a snide remark about the similarity that bears to some matches, but if FIFA’s going to improve the system I’d prefer to just embrace it.

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Eddie Teasing Us Once Again

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the first “it’s not really stats related, but I want to talk about it” stories on the site was Eddie Johnson’s success during Fulham’s summer tour of Australia last year.  He was getting meaningful minutes, teaming up well, and sounding like he was putting together the kind of case that earns a striker playing time.  It didn’t quite work out.

But Eddie’s back.  Back again.  And again the reports are good.  A goal and an assist in Fulham’s 5-0 victory over Brentford, a Football League One club, are a good way to start the year.  And by the sound of it, he did it with style. 

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Castrol Ratings Explained

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

One of FIFA’s newer stats is the Castrol index which is an objective way of providing the Player Ratings that were much more popular after matches last summer than this year.

While catching up on the World Cup stats, I found this article explaining how the Castrol Index values are calculated. As we suspected, passing is very important as are both goals and shots taken (assuming that the shots are considered dangerous shots). Read more…

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U.S. Soccer wins an ESPY

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Landon Donovan and the MNT won the ESPY tonight for “Best Moment”: their Group-clinching, last-gasp goal against Algeria.  To celebrate, we’re going to try out PicApp for the first time:

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Now if we could just finally pull ahead of Greece on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.  13th place is better than Mexico’s 24th, but it’s still no 12th.

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