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Save Percentage (SV%) Calculator (Field Hockey)

LAST UPDATE: February 22nd, 2020

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What is Save Percentage?

Save percentage is the percentage of saves a goalkeeper makes to the number of shots made on the goal.

A higher save percentage is a sign of a goalkeeper that allows few shots into the net. A lower save percentage is the sign of a goalkeeper that allows a lot of goals into the net.

It is a common goalkeeper statistic and also used in ice hockeylacrosse, soccer, water polo, and other sports with a goalkeeper.

Formula – How to calculate Save Percentage

Save Percentage = Saves ÷ Shots on Goal

  • A “save” is a shot on the goal that the goaltender stops. Do not include saves made during a shootout.
  • A “shot” is a shot that directs the puck towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. The shot total does not include shots blocked by a non-goalie (blocked shots) player or shots that miss the net or hit the goalpost (missed shots). Shots from a shootout are not included.
  • Do not include empty net shots to calculate a goalkeeper’s statistics as they are not on the field of play. Include empty net shots to calculate a team’s statistics.

Example

A goalie faces 219 shots and makes 155 saves.

155 saves ÷ 219 shots =0.708.

This goalie’s save percentage is 0.708, or 70.8%.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “SV%” in Field Hockey?

Sv% stands for save percentage. It is the number of shots on goal that the goalkeeper stops.

How do you calculate save percentage?

Save percentage is the number of saves divided by the number of shots. Shots blocked by other players (blocked shots) and shots that miss the net or hit the goalpost (missed shots) are not counted.

What counts as a shot?

A “shot” is counted as an action that moves the ball towards the net that either goes in the goal or is stopped by the goalkeeper. A shot that is blocked by another player is not counted (it counts as a blocked shot). A shot that misses the net or hits a post is not counted (it counts as a missed shot). Shots from a shootout are not counted.

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