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Factors relating to the decision-making performance of Australian football officials
journal contributionposted on 2019-08-19, 00:00 authored by Nathan ElsworthyNathan Elsworthy, D Burke, BJ Dascombe
Team sport officials are charged with the responsibility to enforce the laws of the game and their performance is based upon the quality of their decisions during a match. The current investigation examined the effects of positioning and retrospective physical demands had on the decisionmaking accuracy of Australian football officials. Match decision-making statistics and time motion data from 20 elite Australian football matches and the factors related to improved decision-making during match play were examined. Most decisions were made from a distance between 11-15 m, however distance from play had no significant effect on accuracy. There was no significant effect of movement velocity at the time of a decision on accuracy. There was a significant (P<0.05) difference between correct and incorrect decisions in the running speed across the 5 s prior to the decision being made. These findings determine that there is no effect of distance from play or instantaneous velocity on decision-making accuracy during match play. However, higher relative running speeds prior to a decision increases the likelihood of a decisional error. Superior anticipatory skill may reduce the running demands immediately prior to a decision, and therefore possibly improve the decision-making accuracy of umpires.
Number of Pages10
PublisherTaylor & Francis, Uk
External Author AffiliationsUniversity of Newcastle