Interpersonal dynamics in 2-vs-1 contexts of football: the effects of field location and player roles

LAAKSO, Timo, DAVIDS, Keith, LIUKKONEN, Jarmo and TRAVASSOS, Bruno (2019). Interpersonal dynamics in 2-vs-1 contexts of football: the effects of field location and player roles. Frontiers in psychology, 10 (1407).

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    Abstract

    This study analyzed the spatial-temporal interactions that sustained 2-vs-1 contexts in football at different field locations near the goal. Fifteen male players (under 15 years, age 13.2 ± 1.03 years, years of practice 4.2 ± 1.10 years), 5 defenders, 7 midfielders, and 3 attackers, participated in the study. Each participant performed a game to simulate a 2-vs-1 sub-phase as a ball carrier, second attacker, and defender at three different field locations, resulting in a total number of 142 trials. The movements of participants in each trial were recorded and digitized with TACTO software. Values of interpersonal distance between the ball carrier and defender and interpersonal angles between players and between the goal target, defender, and ball carrier were calculated. The results revealed a general main effect of field location. Generally, the middle zone revealed the lowest values of interpersonal distance and angle between players and the right zone and the highest values of interpersonal distance between players and interpersonal angle between players and the goal. Related with participants’ roles, defenders revealed subtle differences as attackers on interpersonal distances and relative angles compared with midfielders and attackers. Findings supported that field location is a key constraint of players’ performance and that players’ role constraint performance effectiveness in football.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01407
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 08:33
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 09:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24744

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