11 new match evaluation indicators applied by FIFA at the 2022 World Cup

In recent years, modern football has continuously applied high technology. Thanks to the power and accuracy of modern cameras and sensors, the stats measuring a match also increase accordingly. Football enthusiasts are familiar with many of the old stats, but they will soon have to get used to the intricacies of modern football.

At the prestigious World Cup 2022 tournament, FIFA applies 11 new football indicators, to provide more information to viewers as well as bring valuable (and new!) to experts and coaches. Global. Also, looking at the quality of players improving day by day, perhaps FIFA will also add new indicators for the subject of many fans.

Below is a series of indicators officially applied by FIFA at the 2022 World Cup, extracted from the official document of the world’s leading football organization.

The prestigious football tournament World Cup 2022 brings together the strongest teams, the highest technologies and at the same time introduces a series of new indicators – Photo: FIFA.

Possession control

The stat highlights the analysis surrounding the ability to keep the ball throughout the length of the game. Divided into three separate categories, “ball hold” measures the ability of both teams to hold the ball, and also tracks the percentage of time the ball is in “contested”. Three categories are expressed in percentage units (%): under team A’s control, team B’s control, and in dispute.

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Andrés Iniesta in the middle of the Italian team – Photo: Alex Grimm/Getty Images.

With the “in dispute” stat, FIFA wants to complement the ball control stats you often see in a football game. Stats used in tracking the ball when not in the player’s feet.

For example, in a teamfight, when the ball hits a player’s head, from this moment on, the ball will be in dispute. When the defender successfully clears the ball, the ball will also immediately fall into a state of dispute.

Stage of the match

This is a cumulative percentage of the time the ball is on the pitch, helping experts as well as viewers understand the tactics used by the teams in the match, as well as how they change to adapt to the opponent’s play style. player.

Dividing the phases of the game into “hold the ball” and “lose the ball” will help experts analyze the play of the teams, and identify the pattern of the game throughout the 90 minutes of fighting.

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The game phase of a team is divided into holding the ball and losing it. Your TV might show stats like (from top to bottom, respectively) Attacking Organization, Passing Successfully, Attacking Near Golf, Counterattack; Upline pressure, Midfield interception, Downline interception, Counterattack and Ball recovery – Photo: FIFA.

For example, if team A spends a lot of time moving in the area near the opponent’s box, and team B is also focused on defense, it shows that team A has more possession of the ball and is constantly looking for opportunities. score, while team B spends most of the time intercepting.

This stat will be different in all 9 phases of losing the ball: Upline Pressure/Intercept, Midfield Pressure/Interceptor, Downline Pressure/Intercept, Back Pressure on Opponent, Ball Recovery , Change the state of defense.

It also differs in 7 stages of holding the ball: Unable to attack attack/Not pressurized to attack, Successful Pass, Long Ball, Attack the opponent’s bottom line, Counterattack, Attack Transition. Besides, there are 4 stages of game arrangement: Corners, Free kicks, Throw-ins, and Penalties.

Here are the stats displayed on every home TV:

Ball hold period

Attack organization

This is an indicator that shows how a team deploys an attack, making short passes to reach the penalty area. Usually, the process of increasing pressure will start with the defender, and often an attack will involve the midfielders and strikers when the ball penetrates deep into the opponent’s formation.

The increase in pressure can be divided into two states, confrontation – the attacked team immediately enters the ball, and without hindrance – the attacking players pass back and forth without pressure from the opponent.

Successful pass

The goal of this attacking phase is to find a way to get the ball into goal. Usually, the phase will include passing passes, either having the ball player break through the defense or coordinate the pass with teammates.

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The tiki-taka play can create an impressive passing success index – Photo: Internet.

Attack the area near the goal

Is when a team tries to approach the penalty area, looking for a chance to score.


It is when a team regains possession of the ball and immediately attacks with high speed and great pressure. This is the stage to take advantage of the gaps in the opponent’s defense, which has been stretched after an attack.

Ball recovery

Immediately after losing the ball, the team that lost the advantage will immediately head towards their own goal. The event usually takes place in the context of the team being counter-attacked, and must quickly reorganize the defense.

Ball loss phase

Upline pressure

The defending team is close to the opponent’s attack to gain control of the ball.

Midline pressure

The defending team will organize a formation to protect the goal in the area near the penalty area. Usually, teams will want a solid formation, with little space, with defensive players working closely together.

Downline pressure

When the defending team tries to prevent the opponent from breaking through the penalty area and approaching the goal.

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Richarlison’s goal against Serbia on Friday – Photo: Internet.

Put pressure back on the opponent

As soon as they lose control of the ball, the team without the ball will immediately put pressure on the players trying to reach the goal. This situation can happen anywhere on the field.


When the ball is lost, the defending team will immediately retreat to the home field. This action usually occurs when the team is in danger of being counter-attacked, and must quickly block the opponent’s way to the ball.

Ball recovery time

As easy to understand as the name itself, the indicator shows how long it takes a team to regain the ball after losing the ball.

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Swiss defender Silvan Widmer competes for the ball with Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior – Photo: Getty Images.

Break through the defenders

A line of defense is broken when the ball is pushed past the lowest player of this line. The most valuable situation will occur when the attack of a team breaks through, and begins to coordinate to find a goal.

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There are three ways for an attack direction, which is to pass the ball over the line, break through the defense and find a way to avoid the interception through the ball along the border – Photo: FIFA.

The ability to receive the ball behind the middle and defender lines
This stat will highlight the player’s receiving position and compare it to the opponent’s formation structure. Receiving the ball behind the midfield, a player will give himself the opportunity to harass the opponent’s defense, while helping his attack to gain advantage in key areas.

For example, players like Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva tend to spot and exploit the gaps between the opposition’s midfield and defence, while strikers like Kylian Mbappé or Romelu Lukaku will focus. exploit the gaps located near, or even inside the penalty area.

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Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne plays for the Belgian national team at the 2022 World Cup. Not long ago, the player who is considered the best midfielder in the world affirmed that Belgium has no chance of winning this year’s tournament – Photo: Getty Images.

Receiving the ball in a sensitive area of ​​​​the opponent, the goal ratio is higher because the defensive players will be pulled to the area with the ball, which means creating space in the defence.

Defensive upper limit and formation length

The defensive line’s upper limit will average the room’s rise The lowest g line, in both hold and loss phases, is measured at certain points in the game. The distance is calculated from the top of the defenders to the goal line. Stats show how close the defense is to goal when the opponent is holding the ball, and how close they are when they can push forward in a pressurized situation.

In addition, the length of the formation indicates the distance between the lowest standing player in the squad (excluding the goalkeeper) and the player standing closest to the opponent’s goal.

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In football, there are still goalkeepers who are passionate about traveling. The chart from The New York Times shows how popular goalkeepers tend to be, with a dark pink area showing that the goalkeeper spent 2% of the time playing in this area, light pink representing 1 -2%, and the rest is less than 1%.

The shape of the team structure

This geometry allows viewers to visualize changes in the structure, position of the lines as well as the responsibilities of each player. In the past, a team’s playing map that only included the lineup was applied, in fact this is just one of many structures applied by the players in the game, even the lineup can be changed after only a few minutes. minutes of the ball rolling.

The shape of the team structure will show different types of formations during the 90 minutes of play.

The ability to penetrate the area near the penalty area

Measuring the number and position of the ball entering the areas near the goal, the indicator will tell us the tactics used in situations that could lead to a goal. This stat analysis also gives us a deeper understanding of how a team leverages its offensive strengths, and shows how they take advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses.

The stat will track the number of penetrations, as well as the penetration position of the defense divided into 5 areas: left wing, right side inward, midfield, right wing, and right wing inward.

Penetration will be calculated when a player successfully controls the ball in 1 of the 5 positions above.

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The index (illustrated) shows the number of breakthroughs of a team – Photo: FIFA.

Overturning the game

This is a stat specific to the defending team, recording the moment the attacking team loses the ball. The quality of the tackle or the number of players involved in defense will immediately affect the odds of the attacking team losing the ball.

Having the ball from the opponent’s feet, the players can put pressure back on the opponent’s defense, thereby creating a counter-attack and increasing the ability to score.

Pressure on the area with the ball

Stats appear when a defensive player closes the gap between them and the player holding the ball. This action immediately limits the time and options a player can keep the ball, which in turn limits their chances of coordination or scoring.

For example, when a player holding the ball wants to pass, the opponent will immediately close and when close enough, they can physically affect the ball as well as the player; This action is considered high pressure and will earn a corresponding pressure score.

Another example, the defensive player closes in on the opponent but fails to steal before the ball is passed; This action will be rated medium pressure.

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A superstar will often attract the attention of opposing players – Photo: FIFA.

Expected goal

Also known by the abbreviation xG, this metric measures the quality of a scoring opportunity by calculating the position of the ball relative to the goal. Value is related to many factors, which are calculated even before the shot occurs. For example, the position of the player taking the shot, the body part used in the attempt to score, the position of the player on the field or the series of movements they make before the shot.

xG is measured with two limits 0 and 1; The score will be proportional to the scoring rate. A score of 1 represents that the player must score a goal in any situation, for example dribbling the ball in front of an empty goal. A penalty has a ratio of 0.7xG, indicating a 7/10 chance of conceding the ball.

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