Capturing complex, non-linear team behaviours during competitive football performance

Duarte, Ricardo, Araujo, Duarte, Folgado, Hugo, Esteves, Pedro, Marques, Pedro, & Davids, Keith (2013) Capturing complex, non-linear team behaviours during competitive football performance. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, 26(1), pp. 62-72.

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This study investigated changes in the complexity (magnitude and structure of variability) of the collective behaviours of association football teams during competitive performance. Raw positional data from an entire competitive match between two professional teams were obtained with the ProZone® tracking system. Five compound positional variables were used to investigate the collective patterns of performance of each team including: surface area, stretch index, team length, team width, and geometrical centre. Analyses involve the coefficient of variation (%CV) and approximate entropy (ApEn), as well as the linear association between both parameters. Collective measures successfully captured the idiosyncratic behaviours of each team and their variations across the six time periods of the match. Key events such as goals scored and game breaks (such as half time and full time) seemed to influence the collective patterns of performance. While ApEn values significantly decreased during each half, the %CV increased. Teams seem to become more regular and predictable, but with increased magnitudes of variation in their organisational shape over the natural course of a match.

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ID Code: 67700
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Association football, complexity, social collective system, variability
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-013-2290-3
ISSN: 1009-6124
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2014 22:26
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2014 22:38

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