MLS: Fouls Per Game
|In my previous post about fouls in MLS, I noticed that the numbers really didn't add up when it came to fouls committed (FC) and fouls suffered (FS). Here's proof, throughout the years:|
This is taken from the "league stats" pages on MLSnet. Every year, there are more FC than FS. Are some things like handballs considered fouls, or it is just poor stat keeping? I'd really like to know the answer. At least it's been reasonably consistent on the difference. What's also funny is that if you go to the team stats pages, the totals are sometimes slightly different there. I believe that's due to recent years not including the goalkeeper stats on the team stats pages.
Minutes is the total number of minutes played in the season (aka all team totals divided by 2). Blame MLS for having an uneven number in 2001. Let's take a look at the averages per 90 minutes:
This is per 90 minutes rather than per game due to the overtime games from 2000-3. Why was there an increase in 2000? No clue. There was a big increase in scoring that year, and it was also Don Garber's first season in charge. I wonder if they changed things in 1998, due to the differences between FC and FS? That's about the same time the number of assists increased greatly as well, although the big jump there was from 1996 to 1997.