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Do attacking game patterns differ between first and second halves of soccer matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

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Observational instrument guidelines have been used elsewhere (Barreira et al., 2011; Barreira et al., 2010) and follow the Organization Model of the Soccer Game proposed by Barreira et al. (2011). This model encompasses the offensive and defensive phases of the game, including the transitions, and afford two types of transition: interphase, when an indirect ball recovery is observed-game interruption by infraction or by the sending of the ball out of the field, and state, when the ball recovery is direct-the dynamic of the game is preserved, with no interruptions, and a player performs at least three consecutive touches of the ball, a positive pass, or shoots to the opponent’s goal (Garganta, 1997) or the goalkeeper controls the ball (Castellano, 2000).