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Distances traversed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after 14 games

In May 2018, FIFA announced that Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems that comprise  "two optical tracking cameras located on the media tribune" will track...

Scoring first in football project: two FIFA World Cups

This is a second post in the scoring first in football project. The first reported on six European leagues in the 2017-2018 season. The methodology...

Chance and goal scoring in association football

Martin Lames (2018) observed in a recent paper, Chance involvement in goal scoring in football – an empirical approach: If one accepts the selected chance...

Dr Ron

Ron Smith received his PhD at a University of Canberra Awards Ceremony last week. By a wonderful symmetry, the Ceremony was held at the Australian...

Goal Scoring at in the Women’s Football Tournament in #Rio2016

Introduction I have a record of 66 goals scored at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament in Rio 2016. This total does not include goals scored...

One of those days

Wednesday was one of those very special days. One of my PhD students, Ron Smith, completed the formal paperwork for his PhD at the University...

#WWC2015: Looking Back to 2011

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup begins in Canada on 6 June. The Tournament opens with two games in Edmonton: Canada v China PR and...

Wales v England Rugby: Comparing 1983 and 2015

Introduction I have spent some time over the weekend following up on the data provided by Accenture on the RSB Six Nations' Rugby Site. The data...

#AC2015 Performance Against Elo Ratings in 32 Games

The Asian Cup 2015 concluded yesterday evening in Sydney. The Final was the thirty-second game of the Tournament. I looked at the performance of teams in...

Conversation Pieces

I have had an opportunity to write a number of articles for The Conversation in recent months. These include an item about the upcoming Commonwealth...