Statistics of 2017


How many goals were scored in 2017? What where the most frequent results? And most importantly: What was the best team in the world? This article provides the answers and a very brief (statistical) recap of the year 2017 in football.


Goal and Result Distributions


Goals, the rare beauty of football. No other sport has such a low scoring frequency as football. But isn't that exactly what makes the sport so intriguing? A small moment of carelessness can make all the difference and a whole season goes down the drain. Just ask the "Meister der Herzen" of Schalke 04 in 2001 about a guy named Patrick Andersson and how he ruined a full season by a freekick. In this article, we examine how rare goals actually are and how the average number of goals per game has developed over the years. Also, we are going to look at the most frequent results in football history.


Home-field Advantage


There are many articles or blog posts about home-field advantage in football. No matter which article you consult, they all reach a similar conclusion: Home-field advantage exists, but it is declining. We here use our dataset of more than 800,000 games played in 225 top-tier leagues and international cups to analyse home-field advantage on a global scale. While our results confirm its decline, their are some interesting country specific surprises.