Scanning activity of elite football players in 11 vs. 11 match play: An eye-tracking analysis on the duration and visual information of scanning

Aksum, Karl Marius; Brotangen, Lars; Bjørndal, Christian Thue; Magnaguagno, Lukas; Jordet, Geir (2021). Scanning activity of elite football players in 11 vs. 11 match play: An eye-tracking analysis on the duration and visual information of scanning. PLoS ONE, 16(8), e0244118. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0244118

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Visual perception in football (“soccer” in the U.S.) is increasingly becoming a key area of interest for researchers and practitioners. This exploratory case study investigated a sub-set of visual perception, namely visual exploratory scanning. The aim of this study was to examine the scanning of four elite football midfield players in an 11 vs. 11 real-game environment using mobile eye-tracking technology. More specifically, we measured the duration and information (number of teammates and opponents) of the players’ scanning behavior. The results showed that the players’ scanning duration was influenced by the ball context and the action undertaken with the ball at the moment of scan initiation. Furthermore, fixations were found in only 2.3% of the scans. Additionally, the results revealed that the stop point is the most information-rich part of a scan and that the players had more opponents than teammates inside their video frame during scans. Practical applications and further research recommendations are presented.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Movement and Exercise Science

UniBE Contributor:

Magnaguagno, Lukas

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2021 15:16

Last Modified:

14 Sep 2021 15:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0244118

PubMed ID:

34415909

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/159102

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/159102

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