Interactive attack & defence graphics

My attack and defence effectiveness graphics have been migrated to MatchStory: the Press Association’s new team for innovating with football data. There are now interactive versions for:

  • English Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2 and Conference Premier
  • Scottish Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2
  • German Bundesliga
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Italian Serie A
  • French Ligue 1
  • Dutch Eredivisie

These will be updated every week from now on, plus we’ll continue to add new features as time goes on. Click the image below to give them a try – they’re designed to be intuitive but there’s a brief explanation below:

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In case you haven’t seen the old low-tech versions, here’s a brief overview of how they work:

  • The idea of these is to compare how well each team in a division is attacking and defending. You can alternate between attacking and defensive charts using the yellow links in the bottom left and change divisions from the top menu.
  • The graphics always show the number of shots per match on the horizontal and the number of shots per goal on the vertical, with the axes centred on the average for that division splitting the graphic into quadrants. The quadrant labels can be hovered over to view a description.
  • Hovering over the team names on the left will show where they are on the graphic, but you can hover directly over the circles themselves too.
  • The stripes are contours, with blue being good and orange bad. Effectively they show the rate at which goals are being scored or conceded and are 15 minutes ‘wide’. If you hover over a team and look at the ‘Minutes per goal …’ values you’ll get the idea.
  • Fewer, fatter stripes tends to mean that the division is more competitively balanced and that there are no stand-out good or bad teams.