A Statistical Analysis of Landmark Conference Women’s Soccer
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Type of Work26 p.
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ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Soccer for women -- Research
Soccer -- Statistics -- Research
The purpose of this study was to determine if a statistically significant relationship existed between box score statistics and success in winning Landmark Conference women’s soccer games. The researcher used measures in the form of box score statistics from previously contested Landmark Conference women’s soccer games. An independent samples median test was used for each of the following factors: number of shots taken, shots on goal, shots on goal percentage, corner kicks, and the number of fouls committed. A stepwise regression analysis, in particular a discriminant analysis, was used to determine whether variables entered after the best predictor contributed anything additional to the predictive power of the model. Initially, both shots taken and shots on goal were identified as significant predictors. However, once the best predictor, shots taken, was taken into account, none of the others added any additional information to improve the prediction. Shots taken and shots on goal are correlated and predictive of winning versus losing. The other two actions—fouls and percent shots on goal—are not. Therefore, the null hypothesis was retained for fouls and percent shots on goal and rejected for the other two actions. Despite the demonstrated importance of taking more shots, a team may not put all of its effort into shooting, as many other aspects of a match will affect shooting rates. This points to the need for future research on factors such as passing accuracy and team possession that affect the volume of shooting opportunities generated within a match.