Evidence? Penalty kicks and goalie kicks are certainly faster, but they are hardly the norm, and not frequently repeated. You can only deduce velocity based on distance if you track the entire distance traveled by the ball, btw. Since passes are usually received, you would have to account for the velocity of the ball when it is stopped (i.e. received). Soccer passes favor less velocity-- more "touch"-- for reception because they are more difficult to receive and handle with the feet. Soccer passes also involve a projectile that is ~50% lighter with less air resistance due to a smaller circumference, tend to be of a greater azimuth, take longer to execute, and are launched with those larger muscles you mentioned. Just as in basketball (or any other team sport, really) short passes are far more common than cross-court or cross-field passes. All of that factors into force. Then you calculate average force. Despite all these mechanical disadvantages Lebron James, for example, gets passes off in under 0.2s traveling at speeds of over 40mph. That's faster than Tom Brady throws his passes, and Tom has been able to fly pigskins over 60 yards. These are routine in-game passes for Lebron due to the risk of the ball being stolen which is heightened by the more compact space allowed to execute the exchange (meaning that a smaller field will also favor an increased velocity of passes): Well, there absolutely is a person to beat, but it isn't done with the speed of the shot. Nevertheless, concerning soccer, there are 10 non-goalkeepers on the pitch for each team. Soccer sees an average of 6.3 shots on goal per game between those 10 guys, or an average of 0.63 shots on goal per player per ~100min+ game. Even if you add all scoring chances that figure won't inflate much, and then you would have to adjust for the number of non-velocitized attempts resulting in scoring chances or shots on goal (ex. corner kicks or lob passes into headers or punch kicks). That must be exhausting.