Analysis of selected match actions in the 1994 world cup soccer tournament
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A soccer match is characterised by several technical and tactical actions. Some of these technical actions include throw-ins, headers, crosses (centres), goal attempts, goals, free kicks, goal kicks, corners, offside, injuries, penalties and substitutions. However, the frequency of occurrence of these actions is not well known. This study, therefore, set out to register the frequency of occurrence of these actions during the world cup soccer tournament held in the USA between 17th June to 17th July 1994. A total of 52 matches were transmitted live on television. The matches were watched on television and the data recorded by an experienced observer. The data was analysed and descriptively presented. Among other findings, it was . established that the mean fer each action was: throw-ins (41.7), headers (73.8), crosses (30.6), free kicks (30), goal attempts (20.2), comers (10.3), goal kicks (19.7), off-sides (5.9), injuries (2.8), goals (2.71), penalties (.3), cards (4.4), and substitution (3.5) per match respectively. Such findings are useful to sports scientists and coaches who are facilitated to design training programmes that can allow for adequate emphasis on each of these match actions.