Analyzing sevens is not easy. Sevens lacks the familiar structure imposed by fifteens set piece and phase play. Matches are fast paced and chaotic. Listening to a team break down a sevens match often sounds like the disjointed recollections of crime scene witnesses.
This post introduces a notational system for tracking sevens performance that uses ball possession as the fundamental unit of analysis. A possession is a scoring opportunity. It begins when a team takes ownership of the ball and ends with either a score, a turn over, or a referee’s stoppage due to time expiring. Possessions alternate between teams through the course of the match providing a convenient structure for notating sevens play.