RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND THE SU CCESS IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

  • Julen Castellano

Abstract

This   paper   studied   the   relationship   between   performance   and   success   of professional football teams. Teams’ performances of the First (L1) and second (L2) division of Spanish  football  leagues  in  consecutive  seasons,  2013-14  (T1)  and  2014-15  (T2),  were  analyzed. For assessing performances, they were included the following keys (IR): a) as indicators of result
(IRr)  were  annotated  goals  scored  and  conceded,  and  final  behaviours  like  crosses  and  shots; and,  b)  as  indicators  of  process  (IRp)  were  recorded  the  game  volume  (passes  and  efficacy), collective  use  of  the  space,  distance  covered  and  variables  involving  set  pieces.  The  success  of the teams was valued considering the points scored at the end of the championship. The main results  of  the  study  were:  1)  IR  had  different  degrees  of  relationship  with  the  success  of  the teams, being the IRr mostly related with to the points scored; 2) the relation between IRr or IRp and  final  accumulated  points  varied  depending  on  the  category  of  the  teams,  more  offensive indicators in L1 and more defensive in L2 when were compared with the final output; and, 3) the IR  unchanged  from  one  season  to  another.  This  study  supports  the  conclusion  that  use systematically IR (outcome and process) can be helpful in professional football, for knowing the particular  performance  that  can  approach  a  team  to  the  success  in  a  given  league.  Coaches could use this information, once contextualized to the team and league where they participate, in order to propose intervention’s strategies that optimize the performance of the team.

Published
2017-11-27
Section
Articles