The Influence of a Futsal Goalkeeper as an Outfield Player on Defensive Subsystems in Futsal

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The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the Futsal goalkeeper as an outfield player on defensive subsystems in the team sport of futsal. For this purpose, all sequences of play involving the goalkeeper (n = 65), and the sequences without a goalkeeper (controls) (n = 11), were selected from digital video footage of a futsal competition and analysed using TACTO software. The defensive area, attacker-defender distance, and interception distance were used to examine players’ coordination tendencies as a team in the completion of successful and unsuccessful passes and shots. Results showed that each team reduced its defensive area as well as its variability in situations where the goalkeeper acted as an outfield player. This finding implies that it was an effective defensive strategy because it led to emergence of more unsuccessful passes. It was also observed that the goalkeeper acting as an outfield player was an effective strategy for attacking in terms of increasing shots at goal.


Umberto C. Corrêa1, Keith Davids2, Silvia L. Silva1, Renata A. Denardi1, Go Tani1

1.Escola de Educação Física e Esporte, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

2Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

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