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Gender Differences in Technical-Tactical Behaviour of LaLiga Spanish Football Teams

Version 1 : Received: 2 July 2019 / Approved: 4 July 2019 / Online: 4 July 2019 (09:38:22 CEST)

How to cite: Casal, C.A.; Maneiro, R.; Ardá, A.; Losada, J.L. Gender Differences in Technical-Tactical Behaviour of LaLiga Spanish Football Teams. Preprints 2019, 2019070072 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201907.0072.v1). Casal, C.A.; Maneiro, R.; Ardá, A.; Losada, J.L. Gender Differences in Technical-Tactical Behaviour of LaLiga Spanish Football Teams. Preprints 2019, 2019070072 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201907.0072.v1).

Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify gender differences in technical-tactical behaviour in football. To this end 68 matches of the first division of the Spanish men’s and women´s league, corresponding to 2016/17 season were analyzed. A comparison of medians was carried out using the Mann-Whitney U-test were conducted as post hoc test and a grouping of the variables through the clustering bootstrapping technique in both groups. We have detected statistically significant differences regarding all accurate passes, in favour of men, as well as a greater number of yellow cards. In female football, a greater number of picking up free balls, interceptions, lost balls, recoveries, challenges and attacks, both positional and counterattacks, are produced. The clustering analysis also allowed that in male football, the circumstance of receiving a red card is closely related to the number of goals conceded and most of the shots on goal are achieved by positional attacks. In women's football, ball possession on own half is closely related to the number of losses. These results could be useful for gender-specific training information for optimal preparation. However, more research is warranted to establish the main gender differences and characterize women's football.

Subject Areas

performance analysis; football; gender differences; LaLiga; technical-tactical behaviour; observational methodology

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