Effect of goalkeepers’ offensive participation on team performance in the women Spanish La Liga: a multinomial logistic regression analysis

CASAL, Claudio, STONE, Joseph, IVAN-BARAGANO, Iyan and LOSADA, Jose (2023). Effect of goalkeepers’ offensive participation on team performance in the women Spanish La Liga: a multinomial logistic regression analysis. Biology of Sport, 41 (1): 2024, 29-39.

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This study aimed to examine the effect of goalkeeper distribution on offensive team performance, during the 2018/2019 and 2019–2020 seasons of the Women Spanish La Liga. A total of 10,868 distributions, during 376 matches were analyzed by systematic observation. Two UEFA PRO coaches designed an ad hoc observation instrument “GOALDFOOT” and one observer coded the data after a training process. An intraobserver reliability kappa index of 0.94 was established. Results show how the offensive effectiveness of the goalkeepers was similar to outfield players, with 0.4% of possessions ending in a goal, 2.2% ending in an attempt on goal, with 79.4% ending unsuccessfully. The goalkeeper lost possession from their distribution 32.5% of the time. Multivariate analysis identified several predictors of goalkeepers’ distributions. The results show that teams classified in the middle zone of the final classification of the regular league had 1.2 times more probability of being successfulcompared with the lowest ranked teams(p < 0.05). Goalkeeper’s distribution beginning during Open play after a transition, represented an increase success rate of almost 3 times compared to being performed from a free kick (p < 0.05). Passes from outfield players to a goalkeeper made from distant zones to the own goal, decreased the probability of success (p < 0.001). The pitch location of the distribution outcome near to the opponent goal offered the best probability of success. In conclusion, the most effective offensive sequences occur with dynamic transitions initiated with short passes. This information can provide coaches and players with insights to improve the offensive performance of goalkeepers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; Sport Sciences; 3202 Clinical sciences; 4207 Sports science and exercise
Identification Number: 0.5114/biolsport.2024.125592
Page Range: 29-39
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2023 11:49
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 14:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31611

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