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Soccer Scoring Techniques — a Scientific Re-conception of Time and Space via Biomechanical Modeling

Version 1 : Received: 11 December 2020 / Approved: 14 December 2020 / Online: 14 December 2020 (13:12:20 CET)

How to cite: Zhang, X.; Shan, G. Soccer Scoring Techniques — a Scientific Re-conception of Time and Space via Biomechanical Modeling. Preprints 2020, 2020120334 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0334.v1). Zhang, X.; Shan, G. Soccer Scoring Techniques — a Scientific Re-conception of Time and Space via Biomechanical Modeling. Preprints 2020, 2020120334 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0334.v1).

Abstract

From a scientific standpoint, both temporal and spatial variables must be examined when developing programs for training various soccer scoring techniques (SSTs), but a review of current literature reveals that existing scientific studies have overlooked this combinatory influence. Consequently, there is no reliable theory on temporal-spatial identification when evaluating scoring opportunities. Quantified by using biomechanical modeling, anthropometry, and SSTs found in FIFA Puskás Award (121 nominated goals between 2009 and 2020), it is found that players’ proprioceptive/effective shooting volume (i.e. players’ attack space) could be sevenfold the currently-practiced shooting volume. The ignorance of some SSTs’ training leads to the underuse of the potential shooting volume. These overlooked SSTs are airborne and/or acrobatic techniques, perceived as high-risk and low-reward. Relying on the talent of an athlete to improvise on the fly can hardly be considered as a viable coaching strategy. Therefore, for developing science-based SST training regimes, groundbreaking studies are needed to: 1) expand the perception of shooting volume, and 2) entrain one-touch-shot techniques (airborne/acrobatic) within this volume, in short, Focusing-on-Time-in-Space. Whence, the new temporal-spatial theory could guide future researches and develop novel training programs. An increase of airborne/acrobatic goals would ultimately further enhance the excitement of the game.

Subject Areas

scoring opportunity identification; proprioceptive shooting volume; 0 possession shot; airborne; anthropometry

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