Become a Data Dri­ven Soc­cer Coach

Set­ting and track­ing goals is para­mount to a team’s suc­cess. Our in-depth reports make this process eas­i­er than ever before.

Become a Data Dri­ven Soc­cer Coach

Set­ting and track­ing goals is para­mount to a team’s suc­cess. Our in-depth reports make this process eas­i­er than ever before.

Data pro­vides invalu­able insights and helps coach­es across all sports make adjust­ments. Our soc­cer tools give you every­thing you need to do exact­ly that. 

Track sta­tis­ti­cal met­rics using our live tag fea­ture or let Hudl Assist do the work for you. Then use the fol­low­ing key stats to start craft­ing goals for your team with our goals report

Hudl for soccer run graph report and video

Pos­ses­sion-Based Metrics

Pos­ses­sion Percentage

This is the amount of time dur­ing a match that your team has pos­ses­sion of the ball. Based on your team’s style of play and the way your oppo­nents line up, the amount of pos­ses­sion you want to have dur­ing the match will vary.

Goal to set: Pos­ses­sion above 50% game over game

Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, the team with a longer time of pos­ses­sion scores more goals and wins more games. That might not always be the case (see Atleti­co Madrid beat­ing Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League semi-final last year), but it’s a good prin­ci­ple to strive for if you play a pos­ses­sion-style game.

Attack­ing Transition

This stat looks at how many times your team regained pos­ses­sion of the ball when it was lost. It can give you insights into how your team coun­ters when they win the ball and when paired with video from your match­es, a clos­er look at how you won back possession.

Goal to set: Attack­ing tran­si­tion less than 15.0

You’re going to lose the ball. It’s a part of the game, but you should aim to lim­it the amount of times it hap­pens. The num­ber is arbi­trary, so set what you think suits your team best and track it. If you notice you’re los­ing pos­ses­sion few­er times than the num­ber you set but you’re still los­ing games, adjust that num­ber and find out where you need to improve based on your video.

An example of a possession percentage goal you could set for your team.

Shot-Based Met­rics

Pos­ses­sions per Shot

Not every pos­ses­sion results in a shot on goal, but the more you’re shoot­ing at the tar­get, the more like­ly you are to score. So why not exam­ine why?

Goal to set: Pos­ses­sions per shot < 8

Ide­al­ly, you want this num­ber to be one — mean­ing every pos­ses­sion results in a shot. It’s unre­al­is­tic to think that every pos­ses­sion will end with that, but try and keep this num­ber low. Think about how many pos­ses­sions you want to have per game, and then what per­cent­age you want to result in a shot on goal. That’s your team’s num­ber for the season.

Time of Pos­ses­sion per Shot

This is a favorite because it relates direct­ly to your team’s style of play. If you play a counter-attack­ing style, your inher­ent goal is to break up the pitch and score quick­ly. This num­ber will allow you to see how soon in a giv­en pos­ses­sion you take a shot on goal.

Goal to set: Pos­ses­sion time per shot < 1:30

For teams that like to play more direct, you will want to keep this num­ber rel­a­tive­ly low. So find an attain­able base num­ber (in sec­onds) and set that as a goal for each game. The oppo­site would apply for teams that like to con­trol the pos­ses­sion and tem­po of a match. You should aim for a high­er base num­ber than teams who play more direct.

An example of the shot chart you get with Hudl.
Shot Chart Data

Ana­lyz­ing shot loca­tions can help you bet­ter under­stand what your team needs to focus on. Ana­lyz­ing missed shots specif­i­cal­ly can lead to play­ers improv­ing on details with­in the final third. 

Goal to set: Per­cent­age of shots in the box > Shots out­side of the box

The clos­er you are to goal, the more like­ly you are to score. It’s a fun­da­men­tal of expect­ed goals, and you can imple­ment some basic mod­el­ing into your own goal set­ting with shot chart data that we gen­er­ate. You could even go a step fur­ther and say that you want a cer­tain num­ber of shots with­in the box per match. 

Goal Based Metrics

Shots to Goal

How many shots does it take you to score a goal? Shoot­ing the ball just to shoot it usu­al­ly doesn’t work. This stat will tell you how effi­cient your team is in shot attempts so you can help your play­ers improve. It’s auto­mat­i­cal­ly cal­cu­lat­ed by look­ing at your shots per game and the amount of goals you score.

Goal to set: Shot to goal < 5

Say you have 10 shots per game. If you’re scor­ing a goal every five shots, that results in two goals for your team each game. If you’re aver­ag­ing two goals per game and lim­it­ing your oppo­nents to less, that means more wins for your team. Find a rea­son­able expec­ta­tion and pair that with your team’s goals per game to bet­ter gauge your success.

Goals per game

Every coach wants their team to score more goals — it’s how you win. If you expect your high octane offen­sive attack to score more than three goals a game, hold your team to that expectation. 

Goal to set: Goals per game > 2.3

This num­ber is fair­ly arbi­trary and should reflect your team’s goal out­put game over game. Some of Europe’s most promi­nent leagues see teams aver­age less than 2.3 per game, but still fin­ish at the top of the league (see Leices­ter City in 2015 – 16). In gen­er­al, if you aver­age around 2.5 goals per game, you’ll see more W’s on your schedule.

The data links back to video on Hudl.

When you track stats and set a few sim­ple goals for your team, you’ll be able to effec­tive­ly gauge suc­cess and find key areas to improve. But you can use what­ev­er num­bers make the most sense for your team — these are just guide­lines to help you get started.

Check out this tuto­r­i­al for instruc­tions on cre­at­ing your goals report.