ANALYSIS OF THE OFFENSIVE PROCESS OF THE PORTUGUESE FUTSAL TEAM: A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE ACTIONS OF FINALIZATION
The aim of this study was analyze the offensive actions of the Portuguese futsal team that resulted in finalization to the opposing goal and the results obtained from these actions. Three games were analyzed during the tournament selection for the European Futsal Championship 2010. The Portuguese team carried a total of 167 finalizations, 95 finalizations (56,89%) were originated from the actions of organized game (OG), 29 finalizations (17,36%) were from the actions of counter-attack (CA) and 43 finalizations (25,75%) were from actions of stopped ball (SB). Analyzing the results obtained in these actions, 13 finalizations (7,78%) resulted in goals scored, 4 finalizations (2,20%) resulted in balls on the goalpost, 55 finalizations (32,94%) were defended by the opponent goalkeeper, 56 finalizations (33,53%) were intercepted by the opponent player and 39 finalizations (23,35%) went outside. In relation to the importance of each action in the total number of goals, were scored 15,39% from the goals in the actions of OG, 38,46% in actions of CA and 46,15% in actions of SB. Portugal makes many finalizations through actions of OG, however it has a low effectiveness. Almost half of the goals (46,15%) were scored through SB, it makes sure that this move is a very important and offensive action and should be explored.