Confused by exactly what this Stats Zone thing is? Don't be. You can just dive in and have a go, but spending a couple of minutes reading this how-to might unfuddle you...
Stats Zone is FourFourTwo's award-winning iPhone app brought to your browser. Those of you familiar with the app ought to find it reassuringly familiar; for the rest, here's a quick user guide – although maybe the best thing to do is just dive in and start playing…
Stats Zone: the basics
Stats Zone is a tool that enables you to analyse matches in a way that's never been possible before. This season, we're covering the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue Un, A-League and Champions League.
Taking live Opta data, we visualise every game using pitch views to give you a snapshot of each team and every player's performance and tactical shape.
The bewildering array of data categories includes:
- Shots – on/off target, blocked, inside/outside the area, woodwork hits, from set plays
- Passes – with % completion, attacking third, assists, long/short, forward/backward/square, chances created, backpasses and even passes received
- Attack – crosses, dribbles, corners
- Defence – tackles, interception, blocks, clearances, headed clearances, aerial duels
- Fouls – committed, suffered, yellow cards, second yellows, red cards
When can I use it?
- Live throughout each and every game in the competitions we cover
- Post-match, to work out what went right and what went wrong
- You can even look at data from past seasons by using the choose-a-competition dropdown – so you can revisit Bayern 4-0 Barcelona, Man United 1-6 Man City, Inter 3-4 Atalanta, Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal…
Key functions & pages
During live games or post-match, the first page you'll land on when you select a fixture is the summary. This gives a quick overview of the key stats: possession, passes, shots, fouls and pass combinations. Click on any of those and you'll be taken to your first pitch view. From there, use the navigation above the pitch to check out each and every possible statistic.
The pitch in front of you will display the home team's stats on. To see the away team, just click on the button with that team's name on at the top of the pitch.
Underneath the pitch is a timeline which allows you to focus on a particular period of the game. Simply click and grab the bar at the end of the timeline and drag it to the position you want.
Shows every 'event' from the match. The team dashboards can be a little overwhelming but they're useful for an snapshot of the game as a whole. Player dashboards are a great way of checking a player's overall contribution to their team's effort.
Shows which players are dictating the match, calculated using 'on the ball' events (passes, tackles, shots, interceptions, etc). The larger the player's name, the more involvement they've had. The position of their name on the pitch shows their average position. Use the match timeline to track a player's rising or waning influence over the course of the match.
We could go on but you get the drift. Get in there and start playing about - you'll find your way round - and remember that there's also an iOS app version. Have fun!