Intra- and inter-group coordination patterns reveal collective behaviors of football players near the scoring zone

DUARTE, Ricardo, ARAÚJO, Duarte, FREIRE, Luis, FOLGADO, Hugo, FERNANDES, Orlando and DAVIDS, Keith (2012). Intra- and inter-group coordination patterns reveal collective behaviors of football players near the scoring zone. Human Movement Science, 31 (6), 1639-1651.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2012.03.001
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    Abstract

    This study examined emergent coordination processes in collective patterns of behavior in 3 vs 3 sub-phases of the team sport of association football near the scoring zone. We identified coordination tendencies for the centroid (i.e., team center) and surface area (i.e., occupied space) of each sub-group of performers (n = 20 plays). We also compared these kinematic variables at three key moments of play using mixed-model ANOVAs. The centroids demonstrated a strong symmetric relation that described the coordinated attacking/defending actions of performers in this sub-phase of play. Conversely, analysis of the surface area of each team did not reveal a clear coordination pattern between sub-groups. But the difference in the occupied area between the attacking and defending sub-groups significantly increased over time. Findings emphasized that major changes in sub-group behaviors occurred just before an assisted pass was made (i.e., leading to a loss of stability in the 3 vs 3 sub-phases).

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2012.03.001
    Page Range: 1639-1651
    Depositing User: Carole Harris
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 11:22
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7328

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