Table 1

Observation instrument.

Dimension 1. Identification of possessionOpponent qualityWeakOpponent’s quality in the range [-12, -4]
SimilarOpponent’s quality in the range [–3, +3]
StrongOpponent’s quality in the range [+4, +12]
Dimension 2.
Initial possession
Match resultWinnerThe team observed won the match
LoserThe team observed lost the match
DrawThe match ended in a draw
Temporality of the action1QThe action starts between the start of the game and minute 15
2QThe action starts between minute 16 and minute 30
3QThe action begins between minute 31 and the end of the first half
4QThe action starts between the start of the second half and minute 60
5QThe action starts between minute 61 and minute 75
6QThe action starts between minute 76 and the end of the match
Dimension 2.
Match statusWinningThe team observed is winning when the action starts
DrawingThe teams are level when the action starts
LosingThe team observed is losing when the action starts
Type of startStaticThe action starts after a break in play
DynamicThe action begins with a ball being stolen or intercepted
Depth start areaDefensiveThe action begins in the defensive area of the pitch
Pre-defensiveThe action begins in the pre-defensive area of the pitch
MidfieldThe action begins in the midfield area of the pitch
Pre-offensiveThe action begins in the pre-offensive area of the pitch
AttackThe action begins in the offensive area of the pitch
Width start areaLeft DefenseThe action starts from the left wing
Centre-BackThe action starts from the centre
Right DefenseThe action starts from the right wing
Defensive organisationOrganisedThe opposing team is defensively organised
CircumstantialThe opposing team is defensively disorganised
Defensive positioningBackOpponents positioning is forward at the start of the action
MidfieldOpponents positioning is midfield at the start of the action
ForwardOpponents positioning is at the back at the start of the action
Spatial context of the interactionFFForward area vs. forward area
FMForward area vs. midfield area
FBForward area vs. back area
MFMidfield area vs. forward area
MMMidfield area vs. midfield area
MBMidfield area vs. back area
BFBack area vs. forward area
MBBack area vs. midfield area
BBBack area vs. Back area
GFGoal area vs. forward area
Dimension 3. Development of possessionOffensive intentionAdvanceThe team observed advances towards the rival goal
MaintainThe team observed maintains possession of the ball
Defensive IntentionRecoverThe opposing team shows a pressing intention to recover the ball
DefendThe opposing team shows an intention to defend their goal
Own half P
Time of possession in own half
Opponent half P
Possession time in opponent’s half
Total time of possession
Number of passes
Possession areaMDMost possession in own half
MOMost possession in opponent’s half
Dimension 4. Result of the actionResult of the actionGoalThe offensive action ends with a goal
ShotThe offensive action ends with a shot
Ball into penalty areaThe offensive action ends with a ball into the penalty area
No successThe offensive action ends with failure