Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

Women Coaches Produce More Goals

Here is an interesting statistic from this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Teams coached by women have scored more goals and also given up more goals than teams coached by men in the competition thus far. The top two scoring teams so far are Germany and Switzerland and between them they have scored 21 goals. Each team has only played 2 games. The good news is that both teams are coached by female coaches. At the other end of the spectrum, the top two teams that have conceded the most goals so far are Ecuador and Cote D’Ivoire. The bad news is that those two teams have conceded 29 goals in 4 games and are also coached by female coaches. It seems as though that teams with women coaches produce more goals both for and against. It’s interesting that female coaches are at the helm at both extremes. (I shall refrain from making a comment here). In this World Cup, only 7 head coaches of the 24 teams are female. If we look at the total goals for and against record of those 7 female coaches, we see a total of 33 goals were scored and 39 goals were conceded. The combined total from the remaining 17 male coaches shows only 41 goals scored and only 35 goals given up. This could be purely coincidental but based on those numbers I would say that, from an entertainment point of view, watching teams coached by females would provide a lot more excitement. In fact the numbers suggest that games would be filled with goals if all teams were coached by females. Maybe we should consider forcing all teams in the Women’s World Cup to be coached by females. That could make things interesting. Come to think of it, if this is a trend and not just a coincidence, the MLS, which is traditionally a low scoring league, should consider banning male coaches and forcing all teams to hire female head coaches. That may help boost TV ratings for the MLS as well! Please don’t comment on that last sentence because I’m just kidding. But it is an interesting observation isn’t it? Will it continue? Keep an eye on it. Thanks for reading, John DeBenedictis, author of The Last 9 Seconds: The Secrets of Scoring Goals on the Last Touch (DeBenedictis Books) Follow John on Twitter - JohnD_Soccer  

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Soccer Experts Weigh in on US, Sweden Game

  Shane Stay and Whitey Kapsalis, two soccer experts weigh in on US, Sweden game.  Also included is a helpful nutrition tip from Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark. Here is what they have to say:  US Women Build in Confidence Against Sweden Shane Stay, author of Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2014) Even though it turned out to be a tie, the US women looked much better in this second game against Sweden. That is, in the second half of this second game. Despite strong defense from the US in the first forty-five, the front side of the attack was lacking a connection, as opportunities in the box were missed, with a through pass massively over-paced as the first half came to a close, missing out on a prime opportunity to create danger in Sweden’s box. As the team regrouped at half, the pace to the next forty-five was much better. As the Winnipeg-based crowd picked up the spirits’ of the players, there was good patience in possession, the spacing was exploited in Sweden’s defensive third, along with good footwork from Lloyd, Krieger, and very good composure from Christen Press. Lloyd came very close to scoring near the Swede’s goal-line which turned into a clash of heads, leaving both players on the ground momentarily. There was a close call for a penalty kick as the ball ambiguously glazed off a Swedish defender’s hand, but the real attacking threat came from a delicate shot past Solo which a US defender deflected off her head into the crossbar, averting a near certain score from Sweden. In the end, a 0-0 score will do for now as the US moves on with a point, on top of Group D with four points. Wambach and Morgan came on late, with little impact. Overall, the US outplayed Sweden and things should pick up on the scoreboard carrying this confidence into the next match against Nigeria, which should be a walk in the park. http://www.shanestay.com/blog      Unusual lackluster performance by US ends in scoreless draw with Sweden By Whitey Kapsalis, author of To Chase a Dream (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2014) Perhaps it was the fact that they were playing their old coach, or perhaps it was just one of those days, but the US Women’s Soccer Team gave an atypical lackluster performance last night in drawing even with Sweden. The US was unable to sustain any momentum in the attacking third and did not create any real scoring threats. Passes in the final third were not connecting and play in the midfield was a bit methodical, contributing to the lack of firepower we have grown accustomed to seeing. Defensively we were strong and had another huge save off the goal line to prevent what could have been a big loss. Let’s hope the game next Tuesday produces a more inspired effort, the kind of effort that has always made this team so special and fun to watch. http://www.tochaseadream.com/   Women's World Cup Nutrition Tip By Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, authors of Food Guide for Women's Soccer (Meyer & Meyer Sport 2015) As the tournament progresses, history shows that the most successful and experienced teams know how to build: they have to get better as they go along. Refueling is an important part of the equation. According to Food Guide for Women's Soccer, the best post-exercise snacks include a foundation of carbs to replace the depleted glycogen (muscle energy) stores, and a small amount of protein (10 to 20 grams) to repair the muscle damage. The target is about three times more carbs than protein. Good choices include a fruit smoothie made with Greek yogurt, or an energy bar plus chocolate milk.   http://www.pointsgroupllc.com/ http://www.nancyclarkrd.com/

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