Player ratings are the staple of every match day, and with the start of a new season across the Premier League, Championship and the wider Football League, we’ve put together a guide for what our scores really mean.
Rating players will always spark debate. It’s subjective by its very nature, and people all bring their own views to the table over what each number means to them. That’s fair enough.
By writing down what they mean to us, we can help make clear what our player ratings are saying and why in order to better ensure all the post-match discussions can roll on with a bit more of an understanding of where we’re coming from.
After canvassing editors across our regional titles, who in turn asked their reporters and writers for their views, we pulled together the following guidelines for our player ratings with some key housekeeping points to raise before getting stuck into the good enough.
Where do we begin? At the number five, of course. It’s a 10-point scale. That means the middle of the scale is 5, not 6. We’ve explained why in the write ups for those scores below.
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Decimals have no place in our player ratings. If someone is worth more than a 6, they should get a 7, not a 6.5. If they haven’t done enough to deserve a 7 then guess what? They’ve a 6, and so on and so forth.
This season, we will also be giving readers more say over rating player performances too, so look out for our interactive post-match player rating tools. If you want to boost the scores for your team’s full winning XI to 10s all round, you will have the power to do so.
Here is how we’ll be scoring players with our ratings across the Reach PLC regional sport network this season and beyond:
Player ratings and what our scores mean
10 – A perfect game. Probably a historic performance too. Few players reach this level, and there has to be some context to these scores too. A world class footballer destroying minnows with minimal effort maybe isn’t a 10. The perfect game is one where everything comes together to overcome adversity, win the game and produce something truly special. A 10 is a mark reserved for the greatest performances, or exceptional reactions in the face of incredible pressure or meaning, such as a Champions League or World Cup final.
9 – A superb, near-perfect performance worthy of changing the game single-handedly; the result that wouldn’t have come about without them on the field. Greatness.
8 – An excellent performance. The player had a real influence on their team, stood out and made a difference. Man of the match in most games.
7 – A very good performance. Played well and contributed to their team’s efforts to have a positive impact overall.
6 – A good performance in the sense of being above average. There will have been something of merit even if their performance had problems too. It could have been a workman-like display that showed effort without much in the way of quality or a flair player who produced some moments while still going missing, or a playmaker who probed the defence but didn’t create any big chances. This is also the realm of players who were fine on the day but had little to do.
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5 – The starting point for all ratings. Straight down the middle, utterly mediocre. Neither good nor bad. Bang average, which is probably still a negative in the eyes of most fans… no one wants to see an anonymous performance!
4 – A bad performance in the sense of being below average and without much merit rather than performing so poorly as to cost their team the match. More of a disappointing outing than a catastrophic one.
3 – A very bad performance due to a lack of quality, awareness or a proneness to error that probably undermined the team’s overall performance. It’s at this point that players really begin to stick out compared to their colleagues on the same pitch.
2 – A dreadful performance. Full of mistakes and rash decisions; this is the land of silly own goals and red cards, or performances in which an individual became a clear weakness for the opposition to exploit.
1 – A footballer whose individual performance costs their team dearly, not just losing them the match through a gross error or moment of panic or incompetence but does so in a way that is especially shocking or damaging. Very few redeeming factors from a bad day at the office, and then some.
0 – An absolutely terrible performance. Either the player doesn’t take part in the game or was such a problem that they become an obstacle to their own team’s chances of winning. This is George Weah’s “cousin’ coming on for Southampton or Jonathan Woodgate scoring an own goal and getting sent off on his debut for Real Madrid.