The influence of contextual variables on corner kicks from the 17/18 English Premier League

Melly, Christopher (2018) The influence of contextual variables on corner kicks from the 17/18 English Premier League. Masters thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to provide a quantitative analysis examining the influence of match location, match status, quality of opposition and match time (of corner) in relation to a vast array of corner kick indicators previously recognised as influential in contributing towards successful corner kick performance. A total of 295 corner kicks from 30 English Premier League 2017/2018 games were analysed. The frequencies and absolute percentages identified 6.4% of corner kicks resulted in a goal. Initial chi-squared tests of association examined the association between each corner variable and situational variable. The results of the chi-squared tests of association were used to conduct a multivariate three-way log linear analysis with each situational variable and the corresponding corner variables identified as significant from the initial chi-square results. Match status produced two final models that retained all effects (match status*corner time*no. of defending players resulting in a final model of 2 (6) = 16.589, p = 0.01; match status*no. of attacking players*no. of defending players resulting in a final model of 2 (6) = 13.218, p = 0.040). Match location produced no significant three-way model, although the following variables were statistically significant: match status (2(2) = 53.574, p = 0.000, V = 0.426), no. of attacking players (2(3) = 18.738, p = 0.000, V = 0.252), quality of opposition (2(1) = 14.514, p = 0.000, V = 0.222). Quality of opposition produced no significant three-way model, although the following variables were statistically significant: match location (2(1) = 14.514, p = 0.000, V =.222), match status (2(2) = 16.951, p = 0.000, V = 0.240), type of delivery (2(1) = 4.312, p = 0.038, V = 0.121), type of marking (2(2) = 19.632, p = 0.000, V = 0.258). Corner Time produced no significant three-way model although the following variables were statistically significant: : type of marking (2(6) = 15.107, p = 0.019, V = 0.160) , match status (2(6) = 21.604, p = 0.01, V = 0.191). The remaining variables were not statistically significant with any of the situational variables at corner kicks: corner outcome, corner side, corner duration, no. of intervening attacking players, no. of intervening defending players and type of attacking run. This study suggests that corner kick effectiveness in terms of outcome related to goal scoring chances is not related to situational variables. Future research should examine match status and quality of the opposition in more depth to develop a further understanding of the effect of contextual factors.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: MSc Sports Performance Analysis
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 15:41
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 15:41
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5427

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