Save percentage is the percentage of saves a goalie makes to the number of shots made on the goal.
A higher save percentage is a sign of a goalie that allows few shots into the net. A lower save percentage is the sign of a goalie that allows a lot of goals into the net.
Save Percentage = Saves ÷ Shots on Goal
- A “save” is a shot on the goal that the goaltender stops.
- A “shot” is an action that directs the puck towards the net. It is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. The shot total does not include shots blocked by another player or shots that miss the net.
- Do not include empty-net shots to calculate a goalkeeper’s statistics as they are not on in the water.
A goalie has faces 219 shots and makes 155 saves.
155 saves divided by 219 shots is 0.708.
This goalie’s save percentage is 0.708, or 70.8%.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “SV%” in Water Polo?
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) do not count.
What counts as a shot?
A “shot” is an action that moves the ball towards the net. It either goes in the goal or the goaltender stops it. A shot that a non-goalie player blocks does not count (it counts as a blocked shot). A shot that misses the net or hits a post does not count (it counts as a missed shot).
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia –Save Percentage and Water Polo Goalkeeper describe the basics of each term.
- Rules for FINA (Handbook & Rules), Water Polo Canada, Water Polo USA, and the NCAA– describes the rules of water polo and terms associated with the game.
- Statistics for the Olympics, Water Polo Canada, NCAA Men’s, and NCAA Women’s.
- TheFOSH.net – Water polo statistics from all over the US and Canada. The official statistics supplier for US Water Polo.
- Water Polo Planet – Guide to Waterpolo goalkeeping – Craig Wilson’s guide to the goalkeeper position in water polo.
- US Water Polo – Understanding the game – A summary on the game of water polo and the terms used in talking about it.