Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

PATTERNS OF PLAY TO SCORE GOALS IN URUGUAYAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL

Abstract

Matías de Pablo Fernández, Alejandro Trejo Silva, Andrés González-Ramírez

The aim of this investigation was to analyse the actions ended in goal in the professional football championships of the First Division of Uruguay. Observational methodology was used, 578 goals scored in 233 games were analysed through theory of graphs and sequential analysis. The graphs and the descriptive analysis reflected that most of the passes were registered in the creation area located on the central lane of the playing field, with a prevalence of the right lane over the left. Most of the goals were scored inside the penalty area through shots. Two sequences were highlighted: 1) pass-shot-goal and 2) shot-rebound-shot-goal. Conducting and dribbling are actions that were inhibited in the sequential analysis.

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