Set-piece Offensive Plays in Soccer

Daniel Fernández-Hermógenes

Oleguer Camerino

Antonio García de Alcaraz

*Corresponding author: Daniel Fernández-Hermógenes;

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Fernández-Hermógenes, D., Camerino, O., & García de Alcaraz, A. (2017). Set-piece Offensive Plays in Soccer. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 129, 78-94.



The aim of this study was to analyze and compare the effectiveness of attacking set pieces (penalties, corners, and free kicks taken from the center and sides of the field) between teams competing in the first and second divisions of the Spanish soccer league. It was analyzed 52 matches played by the top five ranked teams in both divisions in the 2014-15 season. We employed an observational methodology design in which we recorded and coded set piece actions in LINCE v.1. using an ad hoc observation instrument (SOFEO-1). We performed a descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of technical-tactical set pieces actions in SPSS 21.0 and also investigated hidden temporal patterns (T-patterns) using THEME v.6.0. Statistically significant differences (p<.05) were found between first and second division teams for defensive structure of the opponent team, deceptive maneuvers in attack, and finishing of set pieces. The T-pattern analysis corroborated these results and showed the general ineffectiveness of set pieces in both divisions.

Keywords: Effectiveness, Observation, Set Pieces, Soccer, T-patterns.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: May 20, 2016

Accepted: September 20, 2016

Published: July 01, 2017