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Wed. 17 April 2024

Fast runs index: England shows the way

Issue number 460 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post ranks 30 leagues around the world according to a 'fast runs' index based on three physical variables produced exclusively by SkillCorner: sprints, speed and accelerations*. Taking the average value of the scores measured for each team projected on a 100 basis, the English Premier League and Championship top the rankings.

Italy's Serie A completes the podium just ahead of the Dutch Eredivisie, with the Swiss Super League in fifth place. The Brasileirão is the only non-European league of the seven analysed in the top 10 (ninth) with a value very close to those measured in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the French Ligue 1 and the Spanish Liga. Mexico's Liga MX, Italy's Serie B and Argentina's Primera División come bottom.

By club, the highest values were recorded for Chelsea, ahead of Tottenham and six other English clubs, including LiverpoolManchester United and current Championship runners-up Leicester City. The top 'fast runs' indices for the other leagues in Europe's big-5 were measured for Rayo Vallecano in the Liga, Bayern Munich (ahead of Bayer Leverkusen) in Bundesliga, RC Strasbourg (ahead of PSG) in Ligue 1, as well as Sassuolo in Serie A.

* The variables taken into account are the frequency of high-speed runs (25 km/h for 0.7''), the average maximum speeds reached by players and the frequency of their accelerations (>=10.8km/h/s for 0.7''). The index is computed on a scale from 0 to 100 basis at team level from the standard score measured for each variable.

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