How to find “distance covered” for players during the World Cup?

I was curious about the in-depth player stats from yesterdays game, Brazil – Croatia (specifically to assess Ivan Perisic’s impact in the game) and came across a bunch of sites that provide basic stats like goals, cards, possession, shots, etc. I found the UEFA homepage particularly informative. However I did not manage to find a single source that has the distance covered by each player at the World Cup. This is a very common stat in Europe that’s frequently reported at half-time and post-game (e.g. here are stats for Champions League 2013-2014).

1 Answer

Distance Covered is being tracked at FIFA World Cup 2014.

On FIFA’s website, detailed player statistics are provided for each match. For example, here is the page for Match 1 between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Scrolling down to the Official Document section, you’ll find Croatia player stats (.pdf) and Brazil player stats (.pdf). These documents contain the distance covered for each player; for example, Neymar, the Man-of-the-Match for Brazil, covered 9,538 meters during the game, contributing to the 102 km team total for Brazil.

Ivan Perišić of Croatia covered 10,472 meters of the Croatia’s 109 km total in the match.

You can also check the “Tracking Statistics” PDFs listed in the “Official Documents” sections of each match to find distance traveled per player.

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