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Crossing in Soccer has a Strong Negative Impact on Scoring: Evidence from the English Premier League the German Bundesliga and the World Cup 2014


Jan Vecer


Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Gemeinnützige GmbH; Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

September 30, 2014


Abstract:     
We present statistical evidence that games with a smaller number of open crosses tend to lead to more goals. When we estimate the impact of open crossing on scoring of the individual teams using the multilevel Poisson regression model, we conclude that the net effect of crossing is negative for all the teams in all studied competitions. The quality of the attacking team is the major explanatory factor on the number of missed scoring opportunities due to open crossing while the actual conversion of open crosses to goals plays only a minor role.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Crossing, Soccer, Poisson regression, Multilevel modeling, Sport statistics

JEL Classification: C52


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Date posted: February 28, 2013 ; Last revised: March 2, 2016

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Vecer, Jan, Crossing in Soccer has a Strong Negative Impact on Scoring: Evidence from the English Premier League the German Bundesliga and the World Cup 2014 (September 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2225728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2225728

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Jan Vecer (Contact Author)
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Gemeinnützige GmbH ( email )
Sonnemannstraße 9-11
Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany
Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Mathematics and Physics ( email )
Sokolovska 83
Prague, 186 75
Czech Republic
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