Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2016: Round 1 Group Games

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Introduction

The Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio has started. Round 1 games were played on Wednesday 3 August.

The schedule of games can be found here.

I am aggregating some of the data from the tournament in this Google Sheet.

It is my small contribution to conversations about sport data focussed on women’s performance.

Secondary Data

I am collecting data from the FIFA website. I am making the assumption that the data shared there provide a record of fact assured by FIFA.

I am interested in:

  • When goals are scored.
  • Performance compared to FIFA ranking.
  • The team that scores the first goal.
  • The discipline of each team (cards received).

Goals Scored Round 1

There were 19 goals scored in the six games of Round 1 of the tournament. Two of these goals were own goals (Eunice Chibanda, Zimbawe; Carolina Arias, Colombia).

The scorers were:

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My Google Sheet has hyperlinks to information about each goalscorer.

Time Intervals

I am using fifteen minute time intervals to record when goals are scored in the tournament. I am mindful of the issue of additional time after 45 and 90 minutes and how these might be accounted. For the purposes of this tournament I will note any goals scored in time added on at the end of each half.

In Round 1, the profile of goals scored was:

Time Periods

FIFA Ranking and Scoring First

All six games in Round 1 were won by the team scoring first.

The higher FIFA ranked team won five of the six games. The exception was Canada (ranked 10) who defeated Australia (ranked 5).

The FIFA rankings of the teams in the tournament are:

Ranking

Discipline

There were eleven yellow cards and one straight red card given by referees in Round 1. Eight yellow cards were to the losing teams in the round. Canada was the only winning team to receive more cards than their losing opponents (2 yellow cards and 1 straight red card compared to 0). France and Colombia received one yellow card each.

Photo Credit

Maracana Stadium (Around the Rings 1992, CC BY-ND 2.0)

#WWC2015 Knockout Stage

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Eight games have been played in the Knockout Stage of the 2015 Women’s Football World Cup in Canada.

 19 goals have been scored. (6 first half, 13 second half.) By game interval, the scoring pattern has been:

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The higher FIFA ranked team has won 7 of the 8 games played. The exception is: Brazil (7) lost to Australia (10).

The team that scores first has won 7 of the 8 games played. The exception is Norway who scored first against a higher FIFA ranked team (England) and lost.

Ball in play times for the seven Knockout games have been:

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The range of ball in play time ranges from Japan v Netherlands 63 minutes to the USA v Colombia game, 41 minutes.

I am compiling my data here.

Photo Credit

Eating poutine and cheering on Canada at the Women’s World Cup (Stephanie Yoder, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

#WWC2015 Group Games

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All thirty-six Group games have been completed at the 2015 Women’s Football World Cup in Canada.

107 goals have been scored. (53 first half, 54 second half.)

There have been two 0v0 draws (Canada v New Zealand; USA v Sweden).

The team that scored first has won 23 of the 36 games played.

The team that scored first has not lost in 31 of the 34 games in which a goal was scored. The exceptions are: Cote D’Ivoire scored the first goal against a higher FIFA ranked team (Thailand) and lost; Switzerland scored first against a lower ranked team (Cameroon) and lost; Spain scored first against a lower ranked team (Korea Republic) and lost.

The higher FIFA ranked team has won 21 of the 36 games played. The exceptions are drawn games: Sweden (5) drew with Nigeria (33); Spain (14) drew with Costa Rica (37); Mexico (25) drew with Colombia (28); Germany (1) drew with Norway (11); Canada (8) drew with New Zealand (17); USA (2) drew with Sweden (5); Korea Republic (18) drew with Costa Rica (37); Canada (8) drew with Netherlands (12); China (16) drew with New Zealand (17); Sweden (5) drew with Australia (10). Higher ranked team defeated: Ecuador (48) lost to Cameroon (53); Netherlands (12) lost to China (16); France (3) lost to Colombia (28); Switzerland (19) lost to Cameroon (53); Spain (14) lost to Korea Republic (18).

My record of the Group games can be found here.

Goals scored by game interval in the Group Stage are:

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Secondary data from the tournament include a notional ball in play figure in minutes. To date, the official record of ball in play time is:

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After thirty-six Group games, the Brazil v Korea Republic and Japan v Cameroon games have had the longest ball in play time, 59 minutes. The shortest ball in play time has been in the Canada v New Zealand game, 41 minutes.

Photo Credit

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 – Edmonton (IQRemix, CC BY-SA 2.0)