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Press Release: Black Card Statistics

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Central Competitions Control Committee of the GAA has released statistics which show that:

  • The 2014 Football Championships have set a record for the number of scores recorded in a single season.
  • With the introduction of the black card, the average number of points per game in the 2014 championship is roughly 9.5% higher than in 2013; the number of points scored has increased by just shy of five points per game since 2010.
  • There were over five less frees on average per game awarded in the 2014 championship in comparison with previous years.
  • On average, slightly less than one black card per Championship game has been shown in 2014 – figures consistent with the numbers shown per game in this year’s Allianz Football Leagues
  • In keeping with the trend witnessed in the Allianz leagues, the total number of cards shown for disciplinary reasons has decreased dramatically with in the region of 40% less cards being shown for disciplinary reasons in 2014.
  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
No. of Games 64 61 62 60 59

Av. Score
(G-P (Total))

2.34-27.89

(34.92)

1.98-26.10

(32.05)

1.69-25.42

(30.5)

1.85-25.53

(31.08)

1.64-25.34

(30.37)

No. of Frees

36.43 42.17 41.59 41.3 42.95

Yellow Cards (Av (Total))

3.39 (217) 6.89 (420) 7.06 (438) 6.53 (392) 7.47 (441)
Black Cards (Av (Total)) 0.8 (51) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Double Yellows (Y/B) (Av (T)) 0.08 (5) 0.28 (17) 0.23 (14) 0.23 (14) 0.41 (24)
Red (Av (Total)) 0.06 (4) 0.18 (11) 0.15 (9) 0.18 (11)

0.17 (10)

Cards per game: The number of disciplinary cards shown to players in this year’s Championships has fallen dramatically with just 4.32 cards shown per game in 2014 (Black, Yellow and Red cards combined) as opposed to 7.35 per game in the 2013 Championship (Yellow & Red cards combined) and a high of eight per game in 2010.

The instance of black cards shown has been less than one per game played, while the number of yellow cards shown in 2014 was effectively half of the number shown during the 2014 Championship. All of these figures are consistent with the trends witnessed in the Allianz leagues since the introduction of the Black Card.

Scores per Game: The number of scores per championship game has increased by roughly 9.5% since the introduction of the new Black Card rule for cynical behaviour fouls. In the 2014 Championships, the total aggregate scores (goals and points combined) per game played was 34.92 – this represented an increase of three points per game from both this year’s Allianz Leagues and from the 2013 Football Championships.

The instance of goals scored rose from 1.98 per game in the 2013 Championships to 2.34 per game in 2014 with the number of white flags being raised increasing by almost 2 per game.




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