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Most common movements preceding goal scoring situations in female professional soccer.

Martínez-Hernández, David; Quinn, Mark; Jones, Paul


David Martínez-Hernández


This study aimed to assess movements occurring during goal scoring situations in a female professional league.Data from all the goals on the Women's Super League 2018/2019 were collected through time-motion analysis using a modified version of the Bloomfield Movement Classification with differences analysed through chi-square. Analysis was performed on players (assistant, scorer [attackers], defender of assistant and defender of scorer [defenders]), movements, intensities and directions.Linear advancing motion (walking, jogging, running or sprint) (total percentage [95% CI] 37% attackers and 32.7% defenders) was the most common action preceding a goal, followed by deceleration (21.5% attackers; 18.4% defenders) and turn (19.2% attackers; 17.6% defenders). Other movements involved but with lower percentages were change in angle run (cut and arc run), ball blocking, lateral advancing motion (crossover and shuffle) and jumps. Players displayed similar tendencies but presented variations based on the role, with attackers performing more linear actions, subtle turns and cuts and defenders more ball blocking actions, lateral movements and high intensity linear actions and decelerations. Assistant performed the less percentage of involvements with at least 1 high intensity action (67.4%), scorer and defender of assistant showed similar values (86.3% and 87.1%), while defender of scorer had the highest percentage (97.3%).This study shows the importance of linear actions with other movements also being of high significance but with differentiated characteristics based on the role. This study could help practitioners design drills for the enhancement of physical capabilities related to movements occurring in goal scoring situations.


Martínez-Hernández, D., Quinn, M., & Jones, P. (in press). Most common movements preceding goal scoring situations in female professional soccer. Science and Medicine in Football, 1-9.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2023
Online Publication Date May 19, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 1, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2023
Journal Science & medicine in football
Print ISSN 2473-3938
Electronic ISSN 2473-4446
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-9
Keywords sprint, position specific, change of direction, Goal scoring actions, Women’s Soccer


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