A comparative analysis of two offensive strategies used in soccer.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to examine the effects of playing tactics, counterattack versus elaborate attack, on the probability of achieving score-box possessions. In order to do so, a random selection of matches (n=10) from the UEFA Euros 2012 Finals was analysed. An online random number generator (Randomness and Integrity Services Ltd, Ireland) was used to select the numbers of which were assigned to each fixture, the allocated ‘home’ was then analysed. The data was collected via post match analysis, through the use of a computerised natation system (Sportscode V8, Sportstec, Australia) and deemed reliable after intra-observer reliability tests were performed by means of a kappa statistic. The variables and their operational definitions were mirrored from the study by Tenga et al., (2010a), three of which were adapted to suit the primary investigator’s requirements. Mann-Whitney U tests were performed on the non-parametric data, in which there were significant differences found in variables, i) starting zone, ii) pass length, iii) space utilisation, (p<0.05) iv) team possession type and v) pass penetration (p<0.01) in producing score box possessions. Individual analysis also showed differences in two variables, starting zone (p<0.05) and pass number (p<0.01) under the possession type “elaborate attacks”. Counterattack possessions were considered the most effective possession type with a higher score-box percentage (52.0%).
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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