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Post  Guest on 2013-07-30, 7:05 am

Fact or myth?



BOFFINS on Wearside have quashed the worldwide football myth of “letting the ball do the work.”

New reseach by Sunderland University refutes the idea that world class players tire the opposition by keeping the ball, who will have to run further to regain possession.

The city’s research, being published in the Journal of Sports Science, shows pro footballers cover the same distances whether teams have the ball or not.

Academics looked at 810 English Premier League players in 54 matches with an equal amount of players from home and away sides, with data taken from the computerised tracking system.

Each individual player’s physical and technical performance was recorded, including how far they ran, the varying levels of intensity and how many passes they made.

Researchers found that no differences were observed for total distance covered by football teams with low percentage of ball possession and those who had the ball more often.

The trend continued when it came to high intensity running and sprinting.

Only last season Glasgow Celtic beat Champions League favourites Barcelona, despite only having approximately 16 per cent of ball possession.

Research showed running with the ball at a high-intensity was 31 per cent more by teams with a high percentage of possession than those with a low percentage.

In contrast, those teams with a high percentage of possession ran 22 per cent less at a high-intensity than those with a low percentage when they did not have the ball.

Dr Paul Bradley, a senior lecturer in sport and exercise science at the University of Sunderland, said: “We didn’t find any statistical difference in their physical exertions during the game.

“However, as expected the technical indicators did show superior differences between those that keep the ball, and those that don’t.

“The myth is that if you cover a large amount of distance then you tend to have a lower percentage of possession, but these findings show it isn’t the case at all.

“We always thought that there was truth in the old adage of let the ball do the work and let the other team chase after it, but it’s quite clearly not backed up by the facts.

“There’s less than one per cent difference between high and low percentage of possession football teams.

“They’re obviously superior in terms of how many passes they make, but not in distance.”
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-07-30, 8:29 am

Always amazes me what our boffin s spend their time and our money researching.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2013-07-30, 12:02 pm

I read about this the other day but didn't get time to post it. I thought it was very interesting and well conducted research, that could influence training, coaching and tactics in the future so potentially does have some use.
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Post  Guest on 2013-07-31, 4:05 am

cyprussyd wrote:Always amazes me what our boffin s spend their time and our money researching.

Nothing that expands our knowledge is wasted though, Syd. It might be, standing alone, but bits of research fit in with other seemingly unrelated research to produce all sorts of unexpected discoveries.

In the 1860s a Czech monk called Gregor Mendel spent his days cross breeding sweet peas. He found that if he pollinated a blue one with another blue one, the seeds almost always produced blue ones. So he began cross-pollinating and produced some new colours. And then he died. His work lay forgotten until around 1900, and then some people in England began to expand on it (I have a book called Mendelism, dated 1905, and the excitement of the writer is obvious). Half a century later, in 1953, an Englishman called Crick and an American called Watson, working together at Cambridge, discovered the molecular shape of the working structure - deoxyribonucleic acid. They abbreviated it to DNA. Once we had the structure, we could examine the little bits that made up the strands - chromosomes. A Czech monk, a few biologists, two chemists, spread over a century, without ever meeting each other, gave birth to the science we call Genetics. And today, it's all important in the field of medicine. Just some silly monk with more time on his hands than sense - standing alone, yes that's true. But look at what he started!

Don't knock it, mate.
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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-07-31, 5:01 am

In the evolvement of man science is becoming the new religion driven by ethos that the more we find out the less we know. 

So long as the result is a benefit to human kind without destroying something else or species then keep it going. It will all fall into place - eventually.
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Post  Guest on 2013-07-31, 11:01 am

Nostalgic wrote:In the evolvement of man science is becoming the new religion driven by ethos that the more we find out the less we know. 

So long as the result is a benefit to human kind without destroying something else or species then keep it going. It will all fall into place - eventually.

Very well put, Nostalgic. Every new discovery does indeed produce two to ten new questions! Whilst our knowledge is expanding all the time, our knowledge of how little we know is always growing faster.

The thing is, science has already damaged so much and it's only now, through sciences like genetics, that it's not too far over the horizon that we might be able to recover what we've damaged. For example, it's now possible to produce beef, not from a cow, but from a piece of fibre from a cow! How long will it be before we can find a male and female dodo in some museum and revive the species? How long before the Large Blue butterfly (declared extinct in 1989) is re-introduced to the British countryside? We're not only doing less damage than ever before, but are approaching the time when we can recover the harm that's been done in centuries past!
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Post  Guest on 2013-07-31, 3:15 pm

This thread is far to clever for me..

I'lll read the debate to people who have far more knowledge than myself in this field..


It's really interesting.
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Post  Guest on 2013-07-31, 10:23 pm

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Nostalgic wrote:In the evolvement of man science is becoming the new religion driven by ethos that the more we find out the less we know. 

So long as the result is a benefit to human kind without destroying something else or species then keep it going. It will all fall into place - eventually.

Very well put, Nostalgic.  Every new discovery does indeed produce two to ten new questions!  Whilst our knowledge is expanding all the time, our knowledge of how little we know is always growing faster.

The thing is, science has already damaged so much and it's only now, through sciences like genetics, that it's not too far over the horizon that we might be able to recover what we've damaged.  For example, it's now possible to produce beef, not from a cow, but from a piece of fibre from a cow!  How long will it be before we can find a male and female dodo in some museum and revive the species?  How long before the Large Blue butterfly (declared extinct in 1989) is re-introduced to the British countryside?  We're not only doing less damage than ever before, but are approaching the time when we can recover the harm that's been done in centuries past!


Ah ! But!

Do you not think that all this damage is actually the natural path of evolution ?

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Post  Guest on 2013-08-01, 2:30 am

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Ah ! But! Do you not think that all this damage is actually the natural path of evolution ? wrote:

Yes - but then so is the reversal. Very Happy 
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Post  Guest on 2013-08-01, 11:29 am

Good point ...

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