Does the quality of opposition, match status and match location effect the amount of goals scored and attempts at goal within the English Premier League?

Holt, S. (2015) Does the quality of opposition, match status and match location effect the amount of goals scored and attempts at goal within the English Premier League? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the effect that the quality of opposition, match status and match location has on attempts at goal within the English Premier League. A total of 4,536 attempts at goal from 180 English Premier League matches were analysed. There were no interactive values for quality of opposition, match status and match location in relation to goals scored (P>0.05) or attempts on or off target (P>0.05). However, there was a significant association between quality of opposition and attempts resulting in a goal and attempts not resulting in a goal (x2 = 0.003, p = 11.936). There was also a significant association between attempts on or off target and the quality of opposition (x2 = 0.027, p = 7.221). Playing against similar opposition was accountable for the highest frequencies of total attempts at goal (43.5%) followed by playing against weaker opposition (32.3%) and better opposition (24.2%). There were no significant associations found for match status (P>0.05) or match location (P>0.05) in relation to goals scored or attempts on or off target which contradicts previous literature. However, home teams had more attempts at goal (55.7%) compared to away teams (4.3%). Also drawing teams were responsible for the highest frequencies of all attempts at goal (50.0%) compared to winning teams (21.5%) and losing teams (28.5%). The findings emphasize the need for notational analysts and coaches to consider the potential independent effects of situational variables within soccer. Further detailed analysis is still required in regards to situational variables and suggestions have been made for future studies.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 09:55
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1560

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