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Soccer--Offense; Soccer--Offense; Academic theses;


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the time of possession of the ball and the frequency of attempts/success at scoring goals in the game of soccer. Each of the 52 matches of the World Cup-- USA 1994 soccer tournament was viewed on video tape. Time of ball possession, attempts made, and success at scoring goals were recorded. The mean, median, and overall times of ball possession were calculated; scoring efficiency, total attempts, and number of ball possessions were determined for each team. A Pearson Product-Moment correlation was employed to ascertain the relationships among the variables of interest.

Strong correlations were found between attempts at goal and goals scored; total time of ball possession and attempts at goal; total time of ball possession and success at scoring goals; and attempts at scoring goals and number of possessions. Moderately significant correlations were found between average total time of ball possession per game and average attempts per game, and duration of ball possession and attempts at goal. These data strongly indicate that offensive success depends on total time of possession, which in turn is contingent upon the number of possessions rather than durations of those possessions.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Iradge Ahrabi-Fard

Second Advisor

Ira Simet

Third Advisor

Nancy Hamilton


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