Armatas Vasilios, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki
Papadopoulou Sofia, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki
Skoufas Dimitrios, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki
Yiannakos Athanasios, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki
The aim of this study was to record and analyze goal scoring characteristics in top ranking soccer matches. In particular, 240 matches from the Greek “SuperLeague” (2006-07) were studied, with 558 goals scored. The results revealed that more goals were scored in the second half of the match, with a systematic upward trend in the number of scores as the match progressed. Furthermore, it appeared that the first goal had a strong impact on the final outcome since in 71.43% of the matches the team that scored first won the victory. As concerns home advantage in Greece, it was shown that it was slightly stronger as compared to other leagues (home wins: 47.3%). The results of the present study should not only give coaches a fresh insight into how to create more effective tactical plans, but they also provide useful information on the characteristics of Greek soccer.
soccer, tactics, goal, video-analysis, greek League
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