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Is the technical efficacy associated with prominence level in football?

Oliveira, P. ; Clemente, F.M.C. ; Martins, F.

Sport Science Vol. 8, Nº 2, pp. 12 - 17, December, 2015.

ISSN (print): 1840-3662
ISSN (online): 1840-3670

Journal Impact Factor: 1,550 (in 2014)

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The aim of this study it was analyse the association between technical efficacy and the prominence level of football players in different competitive levels. For that reason, the Team Sport Assessment Procedure and the Social Network Analysis it were used to analyse the technical actions and tactical prominence. Thirty-one male soccer players (U16 – 15.67 ± 0.7 years old; Semi-professional – 23.45 ± 4.2 years old) were observed during four official matches. Results showed that OutDegree had a moderate positive correlation with volume of play (r = .0.425; p = .001), Efficiency Index (r = .327; p = .002), and performance score (r = .484; p = .001). The InDegree showed large positive correlation with volume of play (r = .587; p = .001), moderate positive correlation with performance score (r = .404; p = .001) and small negative correlation with efficiency index (r = - .097; p = .369). It was possible to analyze that tactical prominence can be associated with volume of play and performance score, although cannot be associated with the efficiency of football players.