Write A Soccer Record: The Code!

I am an avid soccer supporter. I will not name the club that I support, as the team’s playing record is currently not something to boast about.

In any case, a soccer record is information about your team’s performance history and is a detailed description of stats, events that transpired during a particular game or season.

  • Writing a soccer record will dissect a team’s, or player’s performance, relating it in an easy-to-understand fashion.
  • A soccer record will include information on the following stats: Games played, wins, losses, and draws.
  • The soccer record can break it down to the number of goals scored per game, goals scored per season, the number of points accumulated, a record on possession stats, and the number of shots on target.
  • Youth soccer coaches typically write a soccer record to analyze a player’s performance to monitor areas that need improvement.

Writing a soccer record involves the keeping of a record of a soccer match being played.

The idea is that an individual soccer record will form part of another record and form a picture of a team’s performance over one match, a season, and in various competitions. A soccer record needs to paint a picture for the reader.

Soccer referee writing on a yellow card

How To Write A Soccer Record

When writing a soccer record, you need to cover the following basics for each of the opposing teams:

  • Position on the league log.
  • The number of games played in a current season.
  • The number of points accumulated during the season.
  • How many games have been won by each team?
  • How many games have been drawn by each team?
  • How many games have been lost by each team?
  • The number of goals scored during the season.
  • The number of goals conceded during the season.
  • The goal difference of both teams.

Writing a soccer record is when you take the moments of a soccer game and convert them into stats that will be easy for the reader to understand by using the appropriate abbreviations to convey a standard message.


The other method to write a record for a soccer match is to give a detailed report of what happened during the game, I.e.,

A type of kick-by-kick written commentary of how the game unfolded. It is typically used in match reviews, newspapers, and online blogs.

The following abbreviations are used for recording purposes in soccer:

Abbreviations Used In SoccerThe Meaning Of These Abbreviations
P/PLD/MP:The number of games/matches played by a team.
W:Won (number of games/matches won.)
D:Draw (number of games/matches drawn.)
L:Lost (number of games/matches lost.)
POS:Position (indicates the position on the log.)
F/GF/GS:Goals (for, goals for, and goals scored.)
A/GA:Goals Against (number of goals conceded by a team.)
GD:Goal Difference (difference between GF and GA-sometimes denoted by +/-)
PD:Points Difference (difference between GF and GA-sometimes used instead of GD.)
GR:Goal Ratio (GF divided by GA.)
PTS:Points (total number of points that team has accumulated during the season: Win= 3 points, Draw= 1 point.)

What Stats Does A Typical Soccer Record Include?

A standard soccer record typically includes the following information, and the one below is how the Premier League over in England writes their records:

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The above record-keeping type is used all around the world for various leagues and competitions. You can still add some relevant information to the record, like the following:

FormNext Fixture
WWWDLTottenham Hotspur

The additional information above will indicate to the reader what the team’s form is coming into the game. In this instance, it reads as follows: three wins, one draw, and one loss.

The reader will automatically get an idea of the team’s form and who they are facing next.

Sneakers white paper and a whistle

Soccer Abbreviations That You Can Use When Writing A Record

When you write a soccer record, someone might instruct you to report on more than just the usual who won, how many goals were scored and conceded, and points accumulated.

You may be asked to record the number of shots on goal, the number of tackles made by defenders, and so on.

When writing a soccer record, you can decide what aspects of the game you want to record, implement it into a table or graph, and do a statical analysis of the information afterward.

A record is a great way to establish the strengths and weaknesses of your team.

Writing a soccer record on individual positions and players fulfilling that role is very common. Possessing the knowledge of what all the positions are on the soccer field will give you an advantage when writing a soccer record.

The game aspect that you need to record will result in which abbreviations you will be required to use. Here are some more technical terms used in soccer that can help you with your record keeping.

More Technical Abbreviations Used In SoccerWhat These Abbreviations Mean
OG:Own Goal (When the opposing team scores a goal against themselves.)
FK:Free Kick (When an opponent fouls a player, a free kick is rewarded)
CK:Corner Kick (Awarded when the defending team touches the ball before it does past the goalie’s dead ball line)
OT:Offside Trap (Defensive team putting the attacking team in an offside position.)
PK:Penalty Kick (When the defensive team fouls a player in the goalie’s box.)
TI:Throw In (When the ball goes out of bounds and the opposing team gets the throw in to restart the game.)
ST:Sliding Tackle
BK:Bicycle Kick
OTP:One-Touch Pass
RB:Right-Back (or Wingback)
CD:Central Defender
LB:Left-Back (or Wingback)
CM:Central Midfielder
CDM:Central Defensive Midfielder
CAM:Central Attacking Midfielder
RW:Right Wing
CF:Center Forward
RC:Red Card (card referee shows when sending a player off.)
YC:Yellow Card (card referee shows player for a foul, two of these results in a red card.)
MO:Match Official
VAR:Video Assistant Referee
TF:Transfer Fee (value of a player)
TW:Transfer Window (a period that you can sell and buy players.)
GL:Goal Line
GM:Goal Mouth
TL:Touch Line
AT:Added Time
AD:Away Draw
AW:Away Win
AL:Away Loss
ET:Extra Time
HTH:Head-To-Head (record between the two teams playing.)
PSO:Penalty Shootout
DB:Dead Ball

How To Record Youth Soccer Stats

Writing a record on a youth game is a little less complicated. This type of record-keeping lets the coach see where his players are lacking, giving him a clear indication of which areas of a player’s game he needs to focus on in training.

Here is an example of such a record.

There are helpful record-keeping apps available to help with the process of keeping stats and records.

They negate the need to write the records down physically and give you all the information you require to write a proper soccer record.


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