Often people seek out stats that already agree with their own opinion rather than look at ALL the facts.

Colm Parkinson has a problem with GK taking frees and how much time it takes up. His recent tweet:

What do the facts tell us;

17 frees were taken where a genuine effort was made at scoring. 6 were taken by the GK’s & 11 by outfield players. If we look at the averages of the time taken from the free being awarded to the ball being struck.

GK’s AVG; 49 seconds

Outfield AVG: 34 seconds

So GK’s took an extra 90 seconds out of the game than outfield players (15 sec x 6), but that’s assuming it should take the same time to take a free from 45m or further as it does from 13m. I’m not sure this is the case and perhaps over the summer we will get a better idea on this. One thing is for sure they did not waste 5 minutes of the game!