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Match Performance of Soccer Teams in the Chinese Super League—Effects of Situational and Environmental Factors

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Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid 28040, Spain
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College of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne VIC 8001, Australia
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School of Physical Education & Sports Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
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National Demonstration Centre for Experimental Sports Science Education, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4238; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214238
Received: 7 October 2019 / Revised: 27 October 2019 / Accepted: 29 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports and Health)
To investigate the effects of situational factors (match location, strength of team and opponent) and environmental factors (relative air humidity, temperature and air quality index) on the technical and physical match performance of Chinese Soccer Super League teams (CSL). The generalized mixed modelling was employed to determine the effects by using the data of all 240 matches in the season 2015 collected by Amisco Pro®. Increase in the rank difference would increase the number of goal-scoring related, passing and organizing related actions to a small-to-moderate extent (Effect size [ES]: 0.37–0.99). Match location had small positive effects on goal-scoring related, passing and organizing related variables (ES: 0.27–0.51), while a small negative effect on yellow card (ES = −0.35). Increment in relative air humidity and air quality index would only bring trivial or small effects on all the technical performance (ES: −0.06–0.23). Increase in humidity would decrease the physical performance at a small magnitude (ES: −0.55–−0.38). Teams achieved the highest number in the physical performance-related parameters at the temperature between 11.6 and 15.1 °C. In the CSL, situational variables had major effects on the technical performance but trivial effects on the physical performance, on the contrary, environmental factors affected mainly the physical performance but had only trivial or small impact on the technical performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: soccer; notational analysis; contextual variable; match performance soccer; notational analysis; contextual variable; match performance
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Zhou, C.; Hopkins, W.G.; Mao, W.; Calvo, A.L.; Liu, H. Match Performance of Soccer Teams in the Chinese Super League—Effects of Situational and Environmental Factors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4238. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214238

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Zhou C, Hopkins WG, Mao W, Calvo AL, Liu H. Match Performance of Soccer Teams in the Chinese Super League—Effects of Situational and Environmental Factors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(21):4238. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214238

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Zhou, Changjing; Hopkins, William G.; Mao, Wanli; Calvo, Alberto L.; Liu, Hongyou. 2019. "Match Performance of Soccer Teams in the Chinese Super League—Effects of Situational and Environmental Factors" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 21: 4238. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214238

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