An exploration of goal scoring strategies in an elite beach soccer tournament

Michele Lastella, L. Escobar, Geoff Lovell, Aaron T. Scanlan, L. McGowan, J. H. Guy

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Abstract

Despite the increasing popularity of beach soccer, few studies have examined goal scoring strategies during match-play. The aims of this study were to examine the different types of goals scored during an international tournament and determine what type of goals were associated with team performance. Twelve national teams were analysed across 52 matches in all phases of the European Beach Soccer League (2018) tournament. Observational data collection was conducted through video analysis of all 422 goals scored throughout the tournament. Chi square analyses revealed a significance difference in the type of goals scored x2 (72) = 102, p = 0.01. Further, the amount of goals scored from a set-play were significantly higher than all other goal scoring strategies (p = 0.001). The amount of goals scored from goalkeeper-line defence were significantly lower than all other goal scoring strategies (p = 0.001). The percentage of goalkeeper-line goals was significantly related to total tournament points [F(2, 10) = 7.242, p = 0.023, R2 = 0.42]. These data indicate that teams employing the goalkeeper-line strategy, where the goalkeeper plays outfield to serve as a numerical advantage, was associated with increases in scoring opportunities and team performance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience and Medicine in Football
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2020

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Lastella, M., Escobar, L., Lovell, G., Scanlan, A. T., McGowan, L., & Guy, J. H. (Accepted/In press). An exploration of goal scoring strategies in an elite beach soccer tournament. Science and Medicine in Football.