Analysis of Corner Kick Success in Laliga Santander 2019/2020

Authors

  • Michalis Mitrotasios School of Physical Education & Sport Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Claudio Casal Department of Physical Activity and Sport Science, Catholic University of Valencia San Vicente Mártir, Spain
  • Vasilis Armatas School of Physical Education & Sport Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens
  • Jose Losada Department of Social Psychology and Quantitative Psychology, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Ruben Maneiro Department of Physical Activity and Sport Science, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain

Keywords:

key performance indicators, set plays, observational methodology

Abstract

Abstract: It is well documented that set pieces represent 30% to 40% of goals scored in elite football, however most studies on set pieces have focused on the analysis of special competitions (World Cup, Euro etc). Thus the purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of corner kick strategies used in LaLiga Santander during the 2019/2020 season, to identify the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) associated with the outcome of corners kicks and to develop a successful execution model. In total, 3,620 corner kicks executed in 380 matches were examined through univariate (analysis of proportions), bivariate (Chi-square test for independence χ² and ROC area) and multivariate analysis (logistic regression). Results showed that 105 goals (2.9%) were scored from corner kicks. The following KPI were associated with outcome of corner kicks: final result (χ² = 10.644, p = 0.002), time (χ² = 10.422, p < 0.005), number of intervening attackers (χ² = 24.863, p < 0.001), final attempt zone (χ² = 203.13, p < 0.001), number of passes and second play (χ² = 26.071, p < 0.001). The most effective execution model consisted of a direct delivery, shooting to goal from the front zone or second post. The results present here enhance coaches understanding on factors that affect corner kicks performance and the most efficient mode of execution.

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Published

2021-11-15

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Original Research