Football Annual Review: The Winners and Losers from 2018

The last 12-months has flown by, with plenty of football on offer and with it plenty of winners and losers. In the month where Jose Mourinho was finally sacked by Manchester United, we are going to take a look back at some of the most interesting stats from 2018. First, let’s take a look back at what our development team has been busy working on during the last twelve months.

New Features and Product Progress

This year was full of growth, improvements and new opportunities for FootyStats, with over 120 new competitions being added to our database. We covered the World Cup, in what many told us was the most complete statistical look at the competition anywhere on the web.

We also wanted to make the site more interactive and did so with new features like Predictions. Launched in October, predictions allow any FootyStats user to track their predictions from our H2H pages, using our live odds. With this, we also introduced coins as a fun way to virtually track your progress. Each user is given 1000 coins and can reset, or export their progress at any time. Since launch, we have seen over 13,000 predictions being placed and over 860,000 coins being used as virtual currency. This feature has brings so much value to our users, as the predictions page is now easily one of the most comprehensive places to view curated and profitable football tips on the internet. The leaderboard was soon added so that everyone can see just who has the best record out of all of our users.

We believe that people should have access to this data, should they need it. So we created and launched the first version of the FootyStats API, along with our free embeds. The API will allow you to create anything you like using our data, be that a new betting model you’re trying out, or your very own live score application. The possibilities are endless. We launched new match widgets that have been very popular. They are great for anyone who’s writing about a specific game on their website, online magazine or blog. Simply copy the embed code from any of our H2H pages and you can effortlessly pull in all of the stats you need for that game, and they look beautiful too. What’s more, they automatically update once the game has finished. Check out this example from our friends at MrFixit.

There’s a lot going on under the hood at FootyStats and this year we have made some serious improvements to the back-end of the site that will benefit our users massively. We are now able to crunch even more numbers and support even more leagues, with 300 new competitions coming next year.

Here are some of the notable improvements and features we have shipped in 2018:

  • New User Dashboard
  • New Match Feed
  • User Favourites
  • New Individual Stats Pages
  • 120+ Leagues Added
  • New Team Comparison Tool
  • FootyStats API Launch
  • New Stats Hub
  • In-Play Filter
  • H2H Features and UI Improvements
  • Corner, Timings and Card Stats for 100+ New Leagues
  • Additional Match Data (Shots, Possession, Etc)
  • Ability to Change Timezone
  • Download Content to CSV
  • Interactive Embeds
  • Improved Customer Support

Statistical Overview

This year we provided interactive head to head pages for 101,171 games across 514competitions from 115 countries. Each with easy to understand stats for goals, cards, corners and more. Let’s take a deeper look at those games and the stats involved.

In those 100,000+ games, we saw 288,661 goals being scored. Incredible. That’s over a quarter of a million goals being scored and conceded in this calendar year. The match that provided the most goals came from Australia and the Faroe Islands, where there were 17 goals scored. There have been 348 games this year with 10+ goals being scored. Amazing attacking or dreadful defending?

Top 10 Highest Scoring Teams in 2018

Top 10 Lowest Scoring Teams in 2018

Top 10 Worst Defences in 2018

Most Clean Sheets in 2018

Most BTTS Games in 2018

Best Home Teams in 2018

Best Away Teams in 2018

Best Teams at HT in 2018

Highest Over 2.5 Goals Teams in 2018

Conclusions? Southern United Women in Australia might be the worst team in the world, this year at least, as they conceded a goal every 13 minutes on average. An incredibly sexy goal difference of -188 goals.

It’s also clear that the same teams pop up in a few different places, like Maardu and Legion in Estonia. These are sides that are completely dominant in their current leagues. This roundup has also shed some light on the exciting football being playing in Bolivia. The Liga Nacional B saw 3.57 goals per game being scored, with the ball in the back of the net every 25.2 minutes on average.

Let’s now take a look at some of the competitions on FootyStats and pick out the best, and worst of the lot. These leagues have all played 40% or more of their games and are domestic competitions.

Leagues With The Most Corners in 2018

Leagues With The Most Goals in 2018

Leagues With The Most Cards in 2018

These stats are just the tip of the iceberg. FootyStats is an incredibly powerful tool that will let you explore hundreds of more stats across thousands of teams from all corners of the footballing world. For example, did you know that the Spanish Segunda Division B has 3427 offsides from 720 games? Or that Serie A has the highest amount of shots per game, with players taking 29.95 shots at goal per game.

What’s Coming to FootyStats in 2019?

What can you expect from us next year? Plenty. We have a huge list of things we are desperate to bring to our users, starting with a brand-new match search experience that we will be launching really soon.

As previously mentioned, we do a lot of work behind the scenes on the infrastructure that powers FootyStats and next year we will be making some big changes in this department that will allow us to improve our offering substantially. We plan to add another 300+ leagues in the early months of 2019, packed with stats you simply can not find elsewhere, like corner stats, goal timings, and in-depth match and player stats.

Late in 2018, we launched our API. This product is still in the early stages and we will be making more improvements and more data points available across 2019 as our own data grows. We are really interested in seeing what you create with the FootyStats API.

Football is a global game and next year we plan to expand our service to a wider audience by offering FootyStats in different languages, starting with Japanese. If you work, write or spend a lot of time online and have a passion for writing and football, you should get in touch with us to become part of our global team. We are looking for German, French and Spanish natives at first.

So, from everyone at FootyStats, it’s goodbye to 2018 and a very warm welcome to 2019. We would like to thank every single one of our users who have contributed to the site in any way.

We could not do this without you.