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The effects of a player dismissal on competitive technical match performance

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The aim of the current study was to evaluate the soccer teams' technical competitive match performance following the effect of a player dismissal. Seventy-five matches from the highest ranked five professional soccer leagues in Europe were analyzed using a tracking-system (OPTA Sportdata Company). The results showed a decreased performance post-player dismissal for the punished teams with respect to total passes, number of touches and short passes made. Additionally, the advantaged teams exhibited an increased performance post-player dismissal. Situations during competitive match play creating a numerical advantage of playing 11 vs. 10 increased performance by approximately 14, 20, 14, 9, 30 and 6 percent (p<0.01) with respect to the time spent in possession, short passes, number of total passes, total touches, total shots and successful passes, respectively vs. 11 vs. 11. However, there were less performance in defense for the advantaged teams (p<0.01). Coaches can use this information to establish goals for players and teams in practices and matches.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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