chapter  25
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Spatial strategy used by the world champion in South Africa 2010

F. Robles1, J. Castellano2, A. Perea3, R. Martínez-Santos2 and D. Casamichana2

1University of Malaga, Spain, 2University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Spain, 3Turnverein Cannstatt 1846 e. V. , Stuttgart, Germany


Match analysis is commonly used in many sports as a tool that allows coaches to collect objective information that can be used to provide feedback on performance (Carling et al., 2005). Coaches are turning increasingly to match analysis as a way for optimizing the training process of their players and teams (Hughes and Franks, 2004), with the main aim of match analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team (Carling et al., 2008). The same as any other invasion game, soccer is a battle for space and position and the description of play events in relation to their spatial and chronological order of appearance is the first step for understanding the nature of this game. The playing action in soccer is built up collectively, which means that players’ placements and movements can be considered a major factor of the team’s strategy.