Defensive performance variables and their effect on team success within elite
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study compares the defensive performance of the most successful and least successful teams within the Euro 2012 football competition. 20 matches were analysed, 3 matches from the perspective of each of the 4 'successful' and 4 'unsuccessful' teams. The performance analysis software Studiocode was used to execute the match analysis. The data were broken down into 11 defensive performance variables. Some variables were quantified as a percentage of successful outcomes from the variables and some were quantified as frequencies. Independent t-tests were employed to determine whether significant differences (p<0.05) existed between 'successful' and 'unsuccessful' teams. The analysis further addressed any differences existing between varying match outcomes (win/draw/loss). It was concluded that 'successful and unsuccessful' teams demonstrated significantly different frequencies or percentages of 5 of the 11 variables. 'Successful' teams performed higher success percentages in clearances (32±4.6) (p<0.05) and overall open defensive situations (95±2.2) (p<0.05). 'Successful' teams spent less time defending (29±4.5) (P<0.05), achieved more interceptions (12±2.3) (p<0.05) and conceded fewer corners (4±1.3) (p<0.05). The only significant difference found between varying match outcomes was that games drawn, recorded higher success rates of overall defensive situations than games that were lost or won (p<0.05). No other variable was found to significantly differ in this analysis.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT & EXERCISE SCIENCE
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