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Temporal interaction patterns in the offensive process in the Spanish League 2010/2011 season
  1. A Barbosa,
  2. N Martins,
  3. J Leitão,
  4. H Sarmento,
  5. J Campaniço
  1. Department of Sport Sciences, Exercise & Health, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal


The main purpose of this study is to investigate the existence of behaviour patterns that repeat seven times Offensive Process in Spanish league 2010/2011 Season. To collect data, we used the instrument validated by Sarmento et al (2010). This instrument consists of a specific notational system to study the offensive process and its variables, based on previous procedures and an exploratory phase of the study, in which we observed video images of several offensive sequences in nine games of Spanish league. To verify the occurrence of patterns, we used THEME 5.0 software, a professional system for detecting and analysing hidden patterns in behaviour by performing intensive structural analysis of behavioural data. It detects complex repeated patterns that otherwise remain hidden. For the detection of the patterns, we only considered the ones repeating seven times. We detected six t-patterns, referring to the whole process from recovering possession of the ball until completing the offensive process (OP) successfully. When analysing the patterns, we found that the area of recovery of possession is the defensive midfield. In all detected patterns the second action happens in another zone of field always in a lateral corridor. After the ball gets to the offensive midfield, there is a rapid and long change of the playing area and then the team tries to quickly end the O.P. This type of studies that focus in quality perspective allows us recognise sequences of game play resulting from the actions that occur during the different phases of the match, and understand them and verify as patterns. The results suggest that collecting a larger volume of data allowed us to detect more temporal patterns and more frequently repeated. The analyses in natural context, the game, allows us to obtain information how to organise the training process so that the team understand ways to enhance the team potential and oppose adversary actions of success.

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