Examination of the relationship between running distances at different velocities in A football match and the result of the competition


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Marmara University, Faculty of Sport sciences, Sport Coaching, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Aytek Hikmet Güler

Consultant: Niyazi Güven Erdil

Abstract:

Purpose: Kinematical analysis in football can provide objective information about the players physical performance. Particularly, 'player tracking systems' are one of the latest sport technologies which enable trainers or coaches to obtain the distance covered by football players in a match, by utilising players positioning and range of velocities. Because this technology is new, there are only few studies investigating the effects of running distances on the result of the game (winning, losing, or drawing). This study aims to examine the relationship between running distances at different velocities and the result of the game (winning, losing or drawing). Materials and Methods: 20 young players participated in this study (16 years, height 173,05±6,36 cm, weight 64,51±6,44 kg). The total distance was computed according to players positioning and range of velocities (standing, walking and jogging, low speed, high-speed, sprint). Correlations were calculated with SPSS 21.0 version using Spearman's correlation coefficient. Results: As a result of the statistical analysis, While a positive correlation was found between the number of goals scored and the total sprint distances of the back players (p <00,1), a negative relationship was found between the total distance during the competition (p <00,1). No significant relationship was found between the match result and the running distances obtained at different speed zones. Conclusions: In conclusion, it was observed that in matches which here won the total running distances were less but there was more sprint distances covered by back players. Results indicate that the total running distance of teams can not be taken as a parameter while determining match results.