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The effects of ball possession status on physical and technical indicators during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals

da Mota, GR, Thiengo, CR, Gimenes, SV and Bradley, PS (2016) The effects of ball possession status on physical and technical indicators during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 34 (6). pp. 493-500. ISSN 0264-0414

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This study examined the effect of high- (HPBPT) and low-percentage ball possession (LPBPT) on physical and technical indicators during 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. This would enable a regression model to be constructed to further understand the impact of different ball possession (BP) strategies on match performance. Data were collected from 346 international soccer players using a multiple-camera computerised tracking system. Although players in HPBPT covered lower distances (P < 0.01) in total and at low speed compared to LPBPT, this produced a trivial effect size (ES). However, they covered similar distances (P > 0.05) at medium and high speeds. Players in LPBPT covered more distance without BP but less with BP than HPBPT (P < 0.01; ES large). All positions in LPBPT spent less time in the opposing half and attacking third than the players in HPBPT (P < 0.01; ES small–moderate), but all positions in HPBPT completed more short and medium passes than LPBPT (P < 0.01; ES moderate). Players in HPBPT produced more solo runs into the attacking third and penalty area than LPBPT (P < 0.05, ES small). The equation to predict BP from physical and technical indicators highlighted the importance of distances covered (total, with and without BP), time spent in the attacking third and successful short passes during matches. In practical terms, high or low BP does not influence the activity patterns of international matches although HPBPT spend more time in offensive areas of the pitch.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES on 24 Dec 2015 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2015.1114660
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 07:41
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 15:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1114660
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3372
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