The effect of dismissals on work-rate in English FA Premier League soccer
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The current paper studies the effect of dismissals on work-rate in English FA Premier League soccer. The study included 28 matches where a team had a player dismissed while they were winning by a single goal or the score was level. Two types of match were compared; matches where the team reduced to 10 players maintained the drawing or winning score-line until the end of the match and matches where they failed to do so. Similar reductions in work-rate variables were observed for teams reduced to 10 players and for their opponents after the dismissal irrespective of the outcome of the match. A significant interaction effect of team (the team reduced to 10 players v the team that played with 11 players throughout the match), match period (before v after the dismissal) and type of match was found on the percentage of time spent in the defending and attacking thirds (p < 0.05). The teams reduced to 10 players tended to spend more time in the defending third and less time in the attacking third after the dismissal. This pattern was observed to a greater extent in matches where the 10 players successfully maintained or improved the score between the dismissal and the end of the match. This suggests that outnumbered teams played strategically to defend the match status, rationing their efforts after the dismissal.
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport;
O'Donoghue, P.G. and Robinson, G. (2016), The effect of dismissals on work-rate in English FA Premier League soccer, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 16(3), pp.898-909.
This article was published in International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport on 1 December 2016 (online), available at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwic/ujpa/2016/00000016/00000003/art00014
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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