September 26, 2023

Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup Operating Evaluation: Group Levels Half 1

On this quick weblog, we summarize the very best bodily performers throughout the group levels of the 2022 Qatar Soccer World Cup. Though we perceive the limitation of such “cherry-picked” knowledge, we consider it’s nonetheless attention-grabbing to look at what the highest gamers in every place cluster are doing, in addition to evaluate these throughout positions.

The place does this knowledge come from ? 

Through the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, FIFA used semi-automatic monitoring techniques resembling Tracab, Hawk-Eye, Genius or Bepro to measure all of the working parameters of gamers. This know-how, licensed by the FIFA, is predicated on a number of cameras set throughout the pitch, enabling an evaluation of all of the participant positions at 25 hz. We obtained knowledge for all gamers throughout all matches, and had been capable of analyze the next parameters:

  • General complete distance lined (Determine 1)
  • Sprints (complete distance lined >25km/h) (Determine 2)
  • Prime velocity (km/h) (Determine 3)


What does the information present us ? 

Determine 1: Prime performing gamers for complete working distance lined throughout the group stage matches on the Soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Whole distance lined (Determine 1)

Goalkeepers ran virtually half of what the remainder of their groups did. Even once we evaluate the “backside 5” performances for every place, we see an identical development. Though it’s by now effectively established that goalies are working far more than the widespread fan would possibly anticipate, that is nonetheless a powerful quantity. 

Whereas the heart backs (defenders) had the bottom complete distance lined from all of the in-field gamers, that they had the smallest vary from the underside 5 to the highest 3 (8034 to 11 557m). Does that make them probably the most balanced or environment friendly runners at this world cup throughout the group stage? We don’t know, haha!

The remainder of the positions present a powerful similarity in how a lot they ran over the course of all of the group matches. The complete backs and huge midfielders present virtually the identical distance lined, however once we have a look at the underside 5 performers, the total backs clearly outran the huge midfielders (7950-9213m vs 7347-7972m). 

Though we all know that fashionable soccer may be very dynamic and gamers transfer fluently between positions, the information from this world cup additional confirms: forwards ain’t lazy! Oh, and people Canadians will need to have discovered some type of secret sauce (we’re guessing it’s the maple syrup – how can it’s although?! EVERYONE says these days carbs are dangerous!!!).

Determine 2: Prime performing gamers for complete working distance over the velocity of 25 km/h lined throughout the group stage matches on the Soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Whole @ over 25 km/h (Determine 2)

First issues first: Germany doesn’t all the time win, though Neuer appears to have some type of particular enjoyment going FAST. It does align effectively with him being a staple within the group of goalies who’ve pushed the “twelfth” man play model of recent goalkeepers. 

Now it will get considerably attention-grabbing: 

The complete backs had clearly the very best performers, however none got here from groups which have carried out “exceptionally effectively” throughout the group matches. If we have a look at the vary, the underside 5 performers present us that the broader vary of full backs had a considerably “straightforward going” perspective. When it comes to the underside 5, the total backs bought clearly outperformed by their wing-mates within the midfield, the heart midfielders and even the forwards – yeah, that’s everybody. 

As earlier than, the ultimate distinction between the opposite positions is relatively small. The gamers on the surface of the pitch do run extra meters at excessive speeds than within the heart. No biggie right here – BUT oh Canada once more… so we will verify that Jonathan David will get this EPL spot, Davies a increase at Bayern and Celtic did make the appropriate name on Johnston!


Determine 3: Prime performing gamers for high working velocity in km/h throughout the group stage matches on the Soccer World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Prime Velocity in Km/h (Determine 3)

Okay, so allow us to be clear: EVERYONE ran quick. Sure, we dare you to place the treadmill on the fitness center the subsequent time to twenty km/h and see for a way lengthy you possibly can sustain with the underside 5 performing goalies.

As soon as extra, the variations appear to vanish much more. There was barely any stand-outs right here. Sure, the total backs redeemed themselves for his or her relatively disappointing “backside vary” at excessive speeds, and barely outperformed everybody else, however in any other case you just about wanted to have a 34 km/h high velocity to be aggressive

Clearly, we don’t know right here for a way lengthy that velocity was sustained or how briskly the gamers accelerated into that space. Thus, there may be little we will inform. However we do know now that Canada has a weak point! They don’t seem to be the “quickest” – ha! We knew there was a cause why they didn’t carry out that effectively.

Why is that this attention-grabbing ?

  • It’s all the time fascinating to know what the “high” bodily performances are in soccer. For years we have now seen tactical and technique tendencies being mirrored in what, the place and the way a lot gamers are working. Right here we see one other world cup that factors into an “amalgamation” of how a lot gamers run and the way the variations from place to place is shrinking
  • Regardless of this being knowledge pointing on particular person performances, we’re wanting ahead to analyzing this with higher care and element to strategic decisions, but in addition relative to match conditions (e.g. simply earlier than targets) to have a look at the relevance and specificity of the performances – as a result of in spite of everything, who desires to waste all these treasured “quick” meters on conditions that don’t have any impression?
  • As world cups solely occur as soon as each 4 years, groups shuffle massively and solely have a short while for preparation (although they play throughout these 4 years). We sit up for evaluating this knowledge with the positions and gamers respective “common” recreation knowledge (from their leagues), in addition to throughout earlier world cups.

What are the boundaries of those knowledge ?

  • Context: it’s important to grasp that solely 3 group matches had been performed, and groups clearly performed solely the groups in their very own teams, and no particular evaluation of related match conditions has been carried out right here – all this limits the extent comparability that may be made between groups, gamers and their efficiency
  • Tactical and technical analyses are additionally required as a result of they immediately impression the bodily actions throughout a recreation – such evaluation may very well be associated to working parameters simply earlier than targets had been scored, in addition to relative to the chosen fielding technique, and even the present place of the staff within the group
  • Interpretation of this knowledge is especially tough, because it primarily focuses on particular person efficiency, with out contemplating any of the contextual components talked about above. For sensible suggestions, there’s a plethora of extra extra related parameters (medians, ranges, direct head-to-head comparability inside matches and so forth.) that have to be additional analyzed


To conclude, the information offered are attention-grabbing and spectacular to have a look at, however has clearly clear limitations from what we will do with it in follow. Thus, we’re wanting ahead diving right into a deeper evaluation so we will use it for our each day administration of gamers and groups alongside workload, restoration and harm prevention methods. Again to work!

Concerning the authors 

Dr Marcin Lipski – Eccentric Train Skilled, Train Science Researcher

Science Translator & Multimedia Inventive @ HIIT Science

Train & Sport Scientist for Esports Wellbeing and Efficiency @ FITGMR

Alexandre Dellal – Coach UEFA Licence A, Power & Conditioning in Soccer, Sport Science Researcher; previously Olympic Lyon and OCG Good

FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Centre orthopédique Santy, Lyon, France

LIBM Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Biologie de la Motricité