Trends within the modern game
Below we discuss some of the more significant trends in modern professional football.
Central Area Penetration
There has been a significant trend in an increased number of goals being scored from central areas of the field. A 2009 UEFA technical report stated "Approximately one third of open play goals came from central area penetration.” In Euro 2000, 50% of all the goals scored by France were created from this central area.
Game Speed (Time on the ball)Across professional leagues the average ball contact time was appox 2.7 secs. The number of touches in possession was 2.1. An increase in one touch passing and more goals being generated from limited touch football.
How to beat the defensive block
The below numbers shown the trends in how teams are able to break through a defensive block:
Getting Free “In The Hole” 39%
Solo Play 34%
Central Through Passes 27%
1 Touch Passes 27%
1-2 Combination Play 25%
Long Passes 25%