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A Profile of Shots in the IBSA World Blind Football Championship 2010: Implications for Coaching

Patton, J.W. and Peters, D.M. ORCID: (2011) A Profile of Shots in the IBSA World Blind Football Championship 2010: Implications for Coaching. In: BASES Annual Student Conference, Integrations and Innovations: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sport and Exercise Science, 12th - 13th April 2011, University of Chester. (Unpublished)

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Association Football is one of the world’s most popular sports (Macbeth and Magee, 2006:
Sport in Society, 9, 444-462), and the primary aim at the elite level is to win as many games
as possible. Performance analysis is suggested to be a key tool in improving performance and
many studies have been conducted in football in attempts to determine the most effective
methods of goal scoring (Grant et al., 1999: Journal of Sports Sciences, 17, 826-827; Hughes
and Franks, 2005: Journal of Sports Sciences, 23, 509-514). However, little, if any, similar
research has been conducted in Disability Football, especially Blind Football. The purpose of
the study was to analyse all shots attempted in the International Blind Sports Federations
(IBSA) World Blind Football Championship 2010 in order to make recommendations for
enhancing the coaching of shooting at individual and at international team levels. Media accreditation was obtained to film all twenty seven games of the tournament which were then
analysed using SportsCode Elite Review software. Ethical approval was granted through
Institute ethics procedures. Coding was informed by research supporting the segmentation of
the pitch and goal into identifiable zones (Pollard and Reep, 1997: The Statistician, 46, 541-
550) so that shots could be categorised by outcome, location at the point of crossing the goalline,
and location of the shot’s origin. Further analysis considered technique used in the shot’s
execution, opposition location at the time of the shot, location of the striker’s guide behind
the goal and the angle of approach prior to the shot. Nine hundred and sixty three shots were
attempted during the twenty seven games with fifty one goals scored giving a conversion rate
of only 5%. Preliminary data analysis would suggest that the majority of shots for each team
(70-90%) were taken by an individual player. Final analyses should identify if there are any
identifiable trends at the level of the individual, team and sport in relation to the most
common shot characteristics. The data will be interpreted in order to make recommendations
for coaching in Blind Football.

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Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 13:11

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