World Cup Data Hub

All the latest data and statistics on the 2018 World Cup

The World Cup Data Hub is your one-stop shop for data and statistics on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Using our data wizardry and quants skills you can discover an incredible range of insights and information on how teams are tactically approaching their games, which formations and styles of play are getting the most success, and whether or not factors such as more defenders or higher team ranking equate to fewer goals conceded or more games won.

Whether you're a football fan or a budding statistician, scroll down to use the Data Hub to explore the tactical developments throughout the World Cup. Don't forget to check out our blog for our weekly podcast and for even more detailed insights and analysis, including how the data is collected and what all the technical language means.

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Fixation on Formations, Serious about Style

Are some formations better at creating more chances, scoring more goals, or shutting the opposition out? See how different formations have been more or less successful at winning games, retaining ball possession, taking shots and scoring goals, and a range of other match outcomes and statistics. You can also look at how successful different styles of play and approaches have been in the tournament so far. See our blog for detailed information about how styles and approaches are classified.


Positional Pulls?

Does playing with more defenders lead to conceding less goals? Will your team score more if you field more attackers? See how the number of players fielded in each main footballing position (defenders, midfielders, and attackers) is connected to winning matches, conceding and scoring goals, ball possession, and other match statistics.


Has It All Gone Potty?

Upon qualifying for the World Cup, teams are seeded into four pots according to their position in the official World Rankings. See whether or not there are patterns in the way teams are using formations, playing approach (whether they are attacking, controlling the game, counterattacking, or 'parking the bus'), and changing their tactics across the different world cup seeding groups.

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Rank ‘Em Up!

Are higher ranked teams are enjoying higher than average possession, shots on target, and so on? Use the graph to see the relationship between FIFA World Rankings and match statistics including goals scored, shots taken, shots faced, and more - are higher ranked teams posting better statistics?


Team By Team

How has each team been approaching their games at the World Cup? Have they been consistent in their style of play? Load up a country from the menu to see detailed information on the formations, playing approach, winning rates and match statistics for every team at this year's World Cup.


Regression Analysis

One for the really statsy-fans out there - we can look into all the factors related to winning games at this year’s World Cup through regression analysis. Use the menu to load variables into a logistic regression to find out what best predicts teams winning matches over the course of the World Cup.
To learn more about regressions and how to interpret the results, see this handy guide. To learn more about this particular regression – a logistic regression, see this guide.


Setting the Stage: Tactics

Have tactical approaches been the same in the knockout phase as in the group stages? Are teams trying out more or fewer formations? Are we seeing more conservative or more attacking approaches as we enter the sudden death of knockout football? Select combinations of tournament phase and tactical variables to find out.


Setting the Stage: Match Stats and Goals

Carrying on with tournament stages, can we see different patterns of match statistics between group stage games and knockout fixtures? Are more cautious, careful approaches leading to fewer shots and goals? Or are teams racking up the efforts on goal (and scoring different types of goals) as they desperately chase a place in the next round? Select match statistics and goals from the menu below to find out.