A Systematic Pedagogy to Increase Goals to Shots on Goal for Soccer Athletes, Experimental Design

Ferriss Roberts


UNC Asheville’s Women’s Soccer season (2011) had the highest number of shots-on-goal in the Big South Conference. However, the ratio of goals scored to shots-on-goal was less than 19.8% which was the lowest percentage of any opponent and significantly below the international average (30%).  This two phase research’s purpose was to devise a pedagogy that would improve goals to shots-on-goal percentage by targeting the far corner posts rather than the goal’s center.  Four scorers volunteered to be Phase I subjects (Spring 2012).  A split-split plot design was successfully tested. Lessons learned were incorporated into the 2012 season pedagogy (Phase II).  Six forwards and mid-fielders volunteered. Of the six, three were freshman who did not play in 2011.  The 2012 team result for shots to shots-on-goal was 51% and goals to shots-on-goal improved to 24.2%, which is a 26% increase. Of the three participants in 2011, the combined result was goals to shots-on-goal ratio of 29.5%, which was an improvement of 64%.  This result is not significantly different from the international average of 30%.  The results from the three subjects who did not participate in 2011 were not significant. Adaptation and refinement of the experimental design and pedagogy is anticipated to result in continued improvements in shots-on-goal to goals for the 2013 season.


Soccer, Shot on Goal, Goals Scored

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