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Table 1 Match technical performance by ranking position

From: Analysis of team success based on match technical and running performance in a professional soccer league

Variables High-ranked (Mean ± SD) Medium-ranked (Mean ± SD) Low-ranked (Mean ± SD) F p ηp2
Goals scored 1.99 ± 0.38b,c 1.36 ± 0.28a,c 0.93 ± 0.11a,b 28.91  ≤ 0.01 0.64
Goals conceded 1.24 ± 0.26b.c 1.54 ± 0.25a.c 1.86 ± 0.30a.b 12.09  ≤ 0.01 0.42
Shots on goal 14.63 ± 1.93b,c 12.67 ± 1.74a 11.29 ± 0.70a 8.91  ≤ 0.01 0.35
Shots on goal allowed 10.83 ± 1.72b,c 13.93 ± 1.01a 15.09 ± 1.33a 27.55  ≤ 0.01 0.63
Missed shots on goal 12.69 ± 1.66c 11.33 ± 1.58 10.39 ± 0.68a 5.33  ≤ 0.01 0.24
Shots off target 4.60 ± 0.82 4.19 ± 0.64 3.94 ± 0.32 2.35 0.11 0.13
Blocked shots on goal 3.54 ± 0.44b 3.07 ± 0.50a 3.11 ± 0.30 4.24 0.02 0.20
Saved shots on goal by GK 3.66 ± 0.54b,c 3.21 ± 0.47a 2.67 ± 0.25a 9.20  ≤ 0.01 0.36
Successful passes from OP 417.13 ± 91.13b,c 297.46 ± 40.35a 286.66 ± 24.31a 16.28  ≤ 0.01 0.50
Unsuccessful passes from OP 69.99 ± 5.75 69.94 ± 5.91 69.12 ± 2.29 0.06 0.94 0.00
Successful crosses from OP 2.52 ± 0.68b,c 2.43 ± 0.53a 2.13 ± 0.59a 0.87 0.43 0.05
Unsuccessful crosses from OP 7.91 ± 1.77 7.51 ± 1.61 7.74 ± 1.20 0.23 0.79 0.01
Successful passes from SP 18.59 ± 1.40 17.83 ± 1.33 18.94 ± 0.69 2.25 0.12 0.12
Unsuccessful passes from SP 4.80 ± 1.51b,c 6.76 ± 1.56a 7.12 ± 0.67a 8.20  ≤ 0.01 0.33
Successful crosses from SP 1.78 ± 0.45 1.60 ± 0.30 1.41 ± 0.25 2.34 0.11 0.12
Unsuccessful crosses from SP 3.68 ± 0.63b 3.15 ± 0.38a 3.64 ± 0.42 5.06  ≤ 0.01 0.24
Clearances 7.74 ± 2.46 9.73 ± 2.12 10.73 ± 3.48 3.62 0.04 0.18
Corner kicks 5.45 ± 1.12b 4.54 ± 0.52a 4.75 ± 0.75 4.76 0.02 0.22
Assists 1.40 ± 0.33b,c 0.90 ± 0.22a 0.62 ± 0.04a 23.21  ≤ 0.01 0.58
Aerial duels won 20.16 ± 3.21b 23.88 ± 3.30a 23.25 ± 2.54 5.14  ≤ 0.01 0.24
Aerial duels lost 19.54 ± 2.18b,c 23.85 ± 3.05a 24.57 ± 1.90a 11.83  ≤ 0.01 0.42
Ground duels won 81.37 ± 4.90 77.10 ± 4.32 78.00 ± 4.43 3.27 0.05 0.17
Ground duels lost 78.59 ± 6.89 78.56 ± 4.06 79.17 ± 6.06 0.03 0.97 0.00
Counter attacks 0.24 ± 0.08 0.19 ± 0.12 0.12 ± 0.04 3.05 0.06 0.16
Offsides 2.19 ± 0.32 1.95 ± 0.46 1.84 ± 0.26 2.02 0.15 0.11
Fouls 11.27 ± 2.37b 12.92 ± 1.21a 12.15 ± 1.49 3.28 0.05 0.16
Fouls from the opponent 12.37 ± 1.51 11.93 ± 1.34 12.96 ± 1.37 1.27 0.29 0.07
Hand games 0.59 ± 0.15 0.62 ± 0.18 0.63 ± 0.14 0.21 0.81 0.01
Yellow cards 1.49 ± 0.33 1.72 ± 0.22 1.75 ± 0.14 3.72 0.04 0.18
Yellow–red cards 0.02 ± 0.03c 0.04 ± 0.04 0.07 ± 0.04a 4.54 0.02 0.22
Red cards 0.03 ± 0.04 0.03 ± 0.03 0.04 ± 0.04 0.39 0.68 0.02
Ball possession (%) 54.85 ± 4.79b,c 47.67 ± 2.23a 47.30 ± 1.64a 19.97  ≤ 0.01 0.55
  1. SD standard deviation, OP open play, SP set pieces, GK goalkeeper; astatistical difference (p < 0.05) to high-ranked teams; bstatistical difference (p < 0.05) to medium-ranked teams; cstatistical difference (p < 0.05) to low-ranked teams