Johannesburg, Aug 12 ANI | 3 months ago

A new research has put forward the idea that the current English Premiership teams are playing a different game now than as recently as six years ago.

A study conducted by the University of Sunderland and Chris Barnes, the Head of Sports Science at West Bromwich Albion, analysed the physical and technical performance levels of more than 1,000 English Premiership players over 23,000 match observations.

Over a seven-season period from 2006/07 to 2012/13 the findings displayed how the English top flight has transformed its approach from long balls and 4-4-2 formations into a league dominated by passing, possession and high-intensity, Sport24 reported.

The study titled, 'The Evolution of Physical and Technical Performance Parameters in the English Premiership', showed that players in the 2012/13 season produced 40 percent more passes with a greater success rate than in 2006/07 and despite that increase, players in the 2012/13 season completed 84 percent of their passes compared to 76 percent in 2006/07.

Paul Bradley from the University of Sunderderland said that they can clearly see the evolution within the game between 2006/07 and 2012/13, and added that it is likely that this is a consequence of players developing physically, technically and tactically in their preparation.

Bradley said that this now gives professional clubs new benchmarks to be set in terms of typical physical, technical and tactical levels.

(Posted on 12-08-2014)

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