Investigating the impact of the mid-season winter break on technical performance levels across European Football – does a break in play affect team momentum?

Jamil, Mikael, Mcerlain-naylor, Stuart and Beato, Marco (2020) Investigating the impact of the mid-season winter break on technical performance levels across European Football – does a break in play affect team momentum? International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. ISSN 1474-8185

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Abstract

Using game-level data, this study examines what impact the mid-season winter break in football fixtures has on technical performance across European football leagues. Thirty-eight technical measures pertaining to the actions of passing and shooting are assessed for 3494 team match observations from the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1 and English Premier League across 5 seasons from 2013/14 to 2017/18. Kruskal–Wallis tests were conducted to investigate the differences between three groups: PREPRE (4–6 fixtures prior to the break); PRE (1–3 fixtures prior to the break); and POST (1–3 fixtures after the break). Shooting performance declined significantly post winter break in the German Bundesliga (13/21 metrics) which had an average break of 32 days. Passing performance deteriorated significantly in the French Ligue 1 (4/17 metrics) which had an average break of 19 days. The Spanish La Liga had a 13-day break on average and remained unaffected as did the English Premier League which had no mid-season break. Evidence suggests that a mid-season winter break of less than 13 days will not affect technical performance levels but breaks that last longer can act as a catalyst that halt momentum and cause performances to deteriorate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: soccer, passing, shooting, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Spanish La Liga, English Premier League
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Marco Beato
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 09:44
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 09:30
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1219

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