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Sports Med. 2017 Jan;47(1):1-10. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0562-5.

Current Approaches to Tactical Performance Analyses in Soccer Using Position Data.

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Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research, German Sport University, Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, 50933, Cologne, Germany.
Center for Human Movement Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen/University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Research Center for Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.


Tactical match performance depends on the quality of actions of individual players or teams in space and time during match-play in order to be successful. Technological innovations have led to new possibilities to capture accurate spatio-temporal information of all players and unravel the dynamics and complexity of soccer matches. The main aim of this article is to give an overview of the current state of development of the analysis of position data in soccer. Based on the same single set of position data of a high-level 11 versus 11 match (Bayern Munich against FC Barcelona) three different promising approaches from the perspective of dynamic systems and neural networks will be presented: Tactical performance analysis revealed inter-player coordination, inter-team and inter-line coordination before critical events, as well as team-team interaction and compactness coefficients. This could lead to a multi-disciplinary discussion on match analyses in sport science and new avenues for theoretical and practical implications in soccer.

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