Comparison of successful and unsuccessful teams at the World Cup 2002 and the effectiveness of performance indicators
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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The purpose of the study was to compare successful and unsuccessfuf teams at the World Cup 2002 and ascertain the effectiveness of a selection of performance indicators for this task. Teams were grouped according to the stage of the tournament reached. All matches used for data collection (n=49) were taken from the World Cup 2002. They were recorded using video and analysed using the computerised soccer notation system developed in the Liverpool Polytechnic notation laboratories. A selection of 22 quantitative variables were selected to represent all areas of the game i.e. Offensive and defensive aspects of attack, and offensive and defensive aspects of defence. Variables were as follows: frequencies for passing, runs, goal kícks, headers shots against, clears, free kícks conceded in defensive areas, corners conceded, crossing, corners won and shooting, distrlbution of the ball about the pitch, loss and regains of possession, actions per possession, location of shooting and percentages of conversions for, corners to shots, shots from corners to goals, and shot to goal ratio. Though performance indicators inferred differences between team groupings, others showed no trends. Only one of the 22 performance indicators used showed significant differences between groups of differing success. Those who reached the quarterfínals or better were found to have a significantly ( P= 0.036 ) superíor shot to goal ratio . It was concluded that performance indicators used were not appropríate to the task, probably by way of being too gross, and therefore insensitive to the more subtle differences between team groupings. Some interesting results were gathered however due to the uniqueness of some match outcomes.
MSc Sport and Exercise Science
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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