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What Frequency of Technical Activity Is Needed to Improve Results? New Approach to Analysis of Match Status in Professional Soccer

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Department of Biological and Motor Sport Bases, University School of Physical Education, 51-612 Wrocław, Poland
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Department of Team Games, University School of Physical Education, 51-612 Wrocław, Poland
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Department of Team Games, University of Rzeszów, 35-010 Rzeszów, Poland
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Department of Recreation, University School of Physical Education, 60-101 Poznań, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(12), 2233; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122233
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 11 June 2019 / Accepted: 21 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health, Exercise and Sports Performance)
The aim of the research detailed here has been to assess the frequency with which football players engage in technical activity of various different types, in relation to seven phases of a game associated with changes in match status. To this end, 2016–2017 domestic-season matches in Germany’s Bundesliga were analyzed, the relevant data being retrieved using an Opta Sportsdata Company system. Technical activity taken into consideration included shots, passes, ball possession, dribbles, and tackles. It was found that there was a large impact of frequency of shots on target (H = 466.999(6); p = 0.001) in relation to the different match-status phases. Furthermore, moderate effect sizes were then obtained for frequency of shots (H = 187.073(6); p = 0.001), frequency of passes (H = 133.547(6); p = 0.001), and percentage of ball possession (H = 123.401(6); p = 0.001). The implication would be that a team trying to change the match score of a game experienced at a given moment in a more favorable direction will need to raise the frequency and accuracy of passes, the percentage of ball possession, and the percentage of tackles ending in success. The maintenance of a winning match status requires a high frequency of occurrence of shots and shots on target as well as greater frequency and effectiveness of dribbling. The main finding from our work is that consideration of the consequences of a game presented in relation to seven potential phases to match status can point to a novel approach to analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: team sports; notational analysis; shots; passes; match results team sports; notational analysis; shots; passes; match results
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Konefał, M.; Chmura, P.; Rybka, K.; Chmura, J.; Huzarski, M.; Andrzejewski, M. What Frequency of Technical Activity Is Needed to Improve Results? New Approach to Analysis of Match Status in Professional Soccer. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2233.

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