A pilot study to measure game style within Australian football

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Greenham, Grace, Hewitt, Adam and Norton, Kevin. (2017) A pilot study to measure game style within Australian football. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. 17(4), pp. 576 - 585. https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2017.1372163
AuthorsGreenham, Grace, Hewitt, Adam and Norton, Kevin
Abstract

The generic term “game style” is often used to infer a way a team has performed or a playing pattern that has developed. However, this concept has not previously been measured. This study developed a generic model to measure game styles among field sports. Specifically, game styles of 6 Australian Football League (AFL) teams were assessed using 12 performance indicators, during the 2015 season. These variables were allocated to one of five “moments” of play: established offence/defence, transition to offence/defence and set pieces. A game style plot was generated using z-scores to show each team’s deviance from the sample average. Among the six AFL teams, there were many common features of game style indicating teams were trying to play in similar ways. Plots identified specific moments of relatively weaker or stronger performance, and hence areas for improvement. Correlation analysis demonstrated significant correlations between the total sum of z-scores across moments and success (premiership position ρ = −1, p = .025; and scoring percentage ρ = .943, p = .035). Game style plots are easy to interpret, can highlight areas of concern in specific play periods or phases, and help marry training drills with deficiencies in various moments.

Keywordsplay patterns; play style; performance analysis; sports performance
Year2017
JournalInternational Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
Journal citation17 (4), pp. 576 - 585
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1474-8185
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2017.1372163
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85037979424
Page range576 - 585
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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