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Table 3 Pearson correlation coefficients (r) between the total of points obtained at the end of the season and match technical and running performance variables

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

Variables r p
Goals scored 0.90 < 0.001
Assists 0.88 < 0.001
Ball possession (%) 0.78 < 0.001
Successful passes from OP 0.77 < 0.001
TD with ball possession (km) 0.75 < 0.001
Saved shots on goal by GK 0.70 < 0.001
Shots on goal 0.64 < 0.001
Corner kicks 0.56 < 0.001
SPA with ball possession 0.55 < 0.001
Missed shots on goal 0.53 < 0.001
Successful crosses from SP 0.50 0.002
SPD with ball possession (km) 0.49 0.002
Counter attacks 0.44 0.01
Maximum speed (km/h) 0.41 0.01
Shots off target 0.40 0.02
Unsuccessful crosses from SP 0.35 0.04
Blocked shots on goal 0.35 0.04
Successful crosses from OP 0.35 0.04
Ground duels won 0.33 0.04
Unsuccessful crosses from OP 0.29 0.09
Offsides 0.27 0.11
Unsuccessful passes from OP 0.06 0.73
Successful passes from SP −0.07 0.67
SPA without possession −0.11 0.51
Hand games −0.12 0.48
SPD without possession (km) −0.12 0.48
Ground duels lost −0.15 0.39
Red cards −0.16 0.36
Fouls from the opponent −0.16 0.34
Yellow–red cards −0.30 0.07
Fouls −0.34 0.04
Aerial duels won −0.38 0.02
Yellow cards −0.43 0.01
Clearances −0.48 0.003
Unsuccessful passes from SP −0.63 < 0.001
Aerial duels lost −0.63 < 0.001
TD without possession (km) −0.70 < 0.001
Goals conceded −0.81 < 0.001
Shots on goal allowed −0.87 < 0.001
  1. OP open play; SP set pieces; GK goalkeeper; TD total distance; SPD sprinting distance; SPA sprinting actions