FIFA is set to introduce brand new insights, metrics, and performance data for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. These remarkable statistics shown on-screen will help provide more information to the television audience.
Beginning at the 2022 World Cup, FIFA will collect and broadcast this more modern analytical data. These player and team statistics include a more detailed look into possession, rate of defensive high press, and ball recovery.
The analytical program was spearheaded by FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger. Wenger, who was previously a long-term manager of Arsenal, joined forces with FIFA in 2019. His role with the world’s governing body of the sport is to essentially drive soccer’s growth and development.
FIFA provides fans with 11 new soccer statistics
Other statistical information that will soon hit our television screens include line breaks, final third entries, forced turnovers, pressures, expected goals, team shape, and phases of play.
FIFA has also set up a website to help better explain each of the new 11 statistics. Perhaps one of the more interesting analytical areas is the team shape tracker. This will track each player’s position on the pitch, both in and out of possession. Fans are typically given a team’s formation prior to each match, but that does not always tell the full story.
Soccer fans can expect to see the new statistical data on their screens for the opening match of the tournament. The 2022 World Cup begins on Sunday, November 20th (see the World Cup schedule).
Wenger claims new data will help viewers grasp the games
“We would like to share our vision of using football data analytics combined with technical expert interpretation to create a new football intelligence, allowing everyone to better understand the game,” stated Wenger.
“Enhanced football intelligence will be our blueprint for how we analyze football in the future. When we discover new insights, we want to share them with the world of football. With our online FIFA Training Center, we have a fantastic vehicle to do so.”
“My team will continue to provide new and insightful football analysis content to help share new understanding of the game combined with performance data, video examples, and technical explanations.”
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