Analysis of Goal Scoring in All Continents Soccer Tournament

  • Mohd Faridz Ahmad UiTM Perlis
  • Sharifah Maimunah Syed Mud Puad
  • Aishah Nadirah Mohamed Alauddin
Keywords: soccer, FIFA, goals, first half, second half


The objective of this study was to analyze and quantify the goals scored at different period of match duration in all continent soccer tournaments. This study performed quantitative study which examined a total of 713 goals from 290 matches at 7 different soccer tournaments have been analyzed by using highlights from YouTube and FIFA official website. The results showed that majority of the tournaments score more at second half beginning with CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019, followed by World Cup 2018, EURO 2016, Africa Cup of Nations 2019, Copa America 2019 and lastly Asian Cup 2019. In contrast, only Oceania Nations Cup 2016 showed more goals had been scored in 1st half. As summary, fitness components, tactical and mental aspect become the main factor that needs to be focus by coaches in order to reduce team goal’s conceding.   Keywords: soccer, FIFA, goals


Alberti, G., Iaia, F., M., Arcelli, E., Cavaggioni, L. & Rampinini, E. (2013). Goal scoring patterns in major European soccer leagues. Sport Sci Health., 9(3):151-153.
Armatas, V., Yiannakos, A., & Sileloglou, P. (2007a). Relationship between time and goal scoring in soccer games: Analysis of three world cups. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 7 (2), 48 – 58.
Armatas, V., Yiannakos, A., Galazoulas, C. & Hatzimanouil, D. (2007b). RGoal scoring patterns over the course of a match: Analysis of Woman’s high standard soccer matches. Physical Training, January, p.1, 1p.
Bradley, P. S., Lago-Pe-as, C., & Rey, E. (2014). Evaluation of the match performances of substitution players in elite soccer. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(3), 415-424.
Cachay, K. & Thiel, A. (2000). Soziologie des Sports. München: Juventa-Verlag.
Carling, C., Williams, A. M., & Reilly, T. (2005). Handbook of soccer match analysis. A systematic approach to improving performance. London and New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Evangelos, B., Gioldasis, A., Ioannis, G. & Georgia, A. (2018). Relationship between time and goal scoring of European soccer teams with different league ranking. Journal of Human Sport & Exercise, 3(13), 518-529.
FIFA. 2014 FIFA World Cup™ reached 3.2 billion viewers, one billion watched final‐Recent findings, 2015. Available at Accessed on 20.06.2017
Göral, K. (2016). FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013: Analysis and Evaluation of Goals Scored. Revista Brasileira de Futsal e Futebol, 8 ( 29-38.)
Hughes, M. & Franks, I. (2005). Analysis of passing sequences, shots and goals in soccer. Journal of Sports Sciences, 23, 509-514.
Lastella, M., Lovell, G., P. & Rampinini, E. (2018). Evaluation of Goal Scoring Patterns Between the 2016 Copa America and the 2016 European Championship. Asian J Sports Med, 9(1), 1-4.
Leite, W. (2015). The influence of the first goal on the final result of the football match. Baltic Journal of Sport & Health Sciences, 3(98), 29–35.
Mal, B. (1982). Scoring Ability in Football. SNIPES Journal, 5 (2), 19-23.
Mayes, H. (1975). Goals are News. Football News, 1 (12), December, 36-37.
Mohr, M., Krustrup, P. & Bangsbo, J. (2003). Match performance of high-standard soccer players with special reference to development of fatigue. J Sports Sci., 21(7), 519-528.
Mombaerts, E. (2000). Fútbol: del análisis del juego a la formación del jugador. Barcelona: Inde.
Nepfer, J. (1992). Barcelona '92: Technical Report. Zurich: FIFA.
Nepfer, J. (1998). Technical Report: FIFA World Cup France’98 10 June – 12 July. Zurich: FIFA.
Njororai W. W. S. (2007a). More than physical: Technical ability and personality traits also are factors in performance. Soccer Journal. September/October, 14- 18.
Njororai W. W. S. (2007b). Scoring Goals: What the coach should know about the timing. Soccer Journal. November/December, 34- 36.
Njororai, W. W. S. (1996a). Analysis of goals scored in the USA ’94 World Cup soccer tournament. In L. 0. Amusa, M. Wekesa & A. L. Toriola (eds). The making of an African athlete: A multidisciplinary approach. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of the Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance, 8-13 September, 1995, pp. 129-134. Gaborone, Botswana: AFAHPER_S.D.
Njororai, W. W. S. (2004). Analysis of the goals scored at the 17th World Cup SoccerTournament in South Korea- Japan 2002. AJPHERD, 10(4), 326-332.
Njororai, W., W., S. (2013). Analysis of goals scored in the 2010 world cup soccer tournament held in South Africa. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 13(1), 6 – 13.
Nyberg, M., Fiorenza, M., Lund, A., Christensen, M., Rømer, T., Piil, P., Hostrup, M., Christensen, P., M., Holbek, S., Ravnholt, T., Gunnarsson, T., P. & Bangsbo, J. (2016). Adaptations to Speed Endurance Training in Highly Trained Soccer Players. American College of Sports Medicine, 1355-1364.
Phukan, S., Singh, O., J. & Thapa, S., K. (2015). Analysis of goal scoring pattern at Inter College Football Tournament. International Journal of Applied Research, 1(8), 219-220.
Reep, C. & Benjamin, B. (1968). Skill and chance in association football. Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 131, 581-585.
Reilly, T. (1994). Physiological Aspects of Soccer. Biology of Sports 11, 3-20.
Reily, T. (2003) “Motion analysis and physiological demand”. In T. Reilly, J.Bangsbo, and M. Hughes (Eds). Science and Football III. E. & F. Spon, London, pp. 64-81.