Analysis of Corner Kicks in Euro 2008
Set plays are deemed one of the most important aspects of modern day football. Managers,coaches, pundits and the like all make reference to the importance of set plays during football matches, considering various research studies it’s not surprising. Research has found that set plays account for between 25‐40% of goals scored within football (Ensum et al, 2000; Ensum et al, 2002 &Grant, 2000).
A number of studies have compared successful teams against unsuccessful teams with specific reference to set plays (Grant et al, 1998; Grant et al, 1999; Grant, 2000; Grant & Williams, 1999;Russell, 2005). The findings of the studies suggest that successful teams have a) higher frequency of set plays during a match on average b) more attempts at goal from set plays c) score more goals from set plays and d) defend set plays more effectively than unsuccessful teams.
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