In latter 2010 Statzpack commissioned the Sports Academy at the University of Ulster to carry out a joint research project with the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America). The research focussed on the use and value of collecting stats in soccer coaching to the membership of the largest coaching organisation in the world. The research was led by Dr Michael Hanlon.
Some of the key summary findings are as follows:
- The project surveyed the 30,000 soccer coach membership base of the NSCAA
- 1007 US soccer coaches from the Youth, High-school and College levels completed the questionnaire.
- 61% of those surveyed stated that the recording, analysing and using of team or player statistics was of significant-major importance on player development
- Almost 75% of those coaches recording stats rely on pen and paper
- In general older coaches have a more favourable view on collecting stats.
- The most commonly tracked game features were goals and assists, shots on/off target, corner kicks, cards and goalkeeper actions