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Stats From World Cup 2002

Any national soccer team manager or coach hoping to lift the 2006 FIFA World Cup trophy in Germany should study the goal scoring statistics of the teams that took part in the 17th edition of the competition held in South Korea and Japan in 2002.
  • Thirty-two teams played a total of 64 matches scoring 161 goals.
  • An average of 2.52 goals per match were scored.
  • There were more goals per match in the preliminary phase (2.71) compared to the knock out phase (1.88).
  • 76.4% of the goals originated from the foot, while 23.6% were scored via headers.
  • 85.5% of the goals scored originated in the penalty area while 14.3% came from outside the penalty box.
  • 79.5% of goals were scored on a first touch basis, while dribbling and two/three touches led to 5.6% and 14.9% of the goals, respectively.
  • Free play yielded 71.4% of the goals.
  • Strikers scored 60.3% of the total goals.
  • Scoring peaked between the 76th and the 90th minutes of matches.

Now you know.
Hold the strikers back until the last quarter of an hour - then push them into the box.
Simple really.

Source: African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance.

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