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The role of the extra-man play actions in elite water polo matches: which elements lead to a good shot?

  • Alessandro Lubisco

In water polo, two teams comprised of six outfield players and a goalkeeper compete for four quarters of 8 minutes’ real play in a playing area of 30x20m. Each team has 30 seconds to complete an action. A frequent situation thought to be very significant to the final result of a match is the extra-man play action. After a major foul a player is sent out of play for 20 seconds. The attacking team, with a series of passes and player movements must quickly try to disrupt the defence and enable a shot. And defence has to work on coordination of movement between players so that the attack finds it difficult to score too easily. Coaches dedicate a lot of time to training their team to attack and defend in an extra-man situation. This paper investigates the issue of extra-man play actions in detail. A study is performed into data from the 2020 European men’s water polo championships, whose aim is to identify whether man-up play actions have any elements that lead to a good shot, meaning a ball in the goal even if it is saved. Several characteristics were recorded on each extra-man play action, but only few of them seem to influence its outcome. This may be explained by the fact that the outcome of a play action is not only linked to the execution of a strategy, but it is influenced by factors which may not all be measured.

  • Keywords:
  • water polo analytics,
  • match analysis,
  • tactical indicators,
  • logistic regression,
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Alessandro Lubisco

University of Bologna, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-3440-7867

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Chapter Title

The role of the extra-man play actions in elite water polo matches: which elements lead to a good shot?

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Alessandro Lubisco

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10.36253/978-88-5518-461-8.21

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2021

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ASA 2021 Statistics and Information Systems for Policy Evaluation

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BOOK OF SHORT PAPERS of the on-site conference

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Alessandra Petrucci, Bruno Bertaccini, Luigi Fabbris

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2021

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Firenze University Press

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