In the lead-up to the opening weekend of the WSL season, OptaPro has produced an analytical review focusing on the standout performers from last year’s campaign.
Within this review, we share a comprehensive breakdown of performance at the key ends of the pitch, as well as sharing detailed insight on team style, both in and out of possession. Detailed player analysis also features, with key metrics ranked across different positions.
Key findings published include:
– From their twenty matches, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all recorded an open play xG output above 33.
– At player level, Manchester City’s Nikita Parris posted the highest xG output per 90 minutes (0.99), reinforcing her ability to find good spaces to shoot.
– Last season’s top goalscorer, Vivianne Miedema, was instrumental in Arsenal’s attacking sequences and was the only WSL player to be involved in over five goals per 100 open play sequences.
– Reading adopted a high pressing approach, recording the lowest PPDA value of 9.4, and the highest number of ‘pressed sequences’ in the competition (414).
– Ever-present Sophie Baggaley stood out for her performances in goal for Bristol City. The 22-year-old recorded the highest goals prevented rate (4.76) from 118 shots faced, helping her side achieve a top six finish.
Each section includes interactive tables and graphics, including pitch maps and goalmouth templates, to provide further context to the findings.
Further season reviews, focusing on a number of leading men’s top-flight competitions from around Europe are all available to view here.
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