Last Sunday night, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the Women’s World Cup in a 5-2 victory over Japan. Captain Carli Lloyd demonstrated genuine leadership with the first hat-trick in a World Cup Final game.
Throughout the tournament, the U.S. women’s team was impressive. Data from fifa.com includes:
- Total of 14 U.S. goals, compared to three goals against, throughout the tournament
- Total of 97 U.S. shots attempted, compared to only 36 opponent shots attempted
- U.S. team had possession for a total of 350 minutes throughout all seven games, compared to their opponents who had 312 minutes of possession
Since the qualifying rounds in October 2014, coach Jill Ellis’ focus has been on team-wide physical conditioning and situational preparation – the keys to their success.
They say that sports is a metaphor for life. As private equity-backed groups continue to buy and sell businesses, we can see the importance of “conditioning and play-making preparedness” to successful “world cup-level” returns.