Quality & Quantity

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 3473–3480 | Cite as

Adapting football to the child: an application of the logistic regression model in observational methodology

  • Javier Arana
  • Daniel Lapresa
  • María Teresa Anguera
  • Belén Garzón


Logistic regression is included into the analysis techniques which are valid for observational methodology. However, its presence at the heart of this methodology, and more specifically in physical activity and sports studies, is scarce. With a view to highlighting the possibilities this technique offers within the scope of observational methodology applied to physical activity and sports, an application of the logistic regression model is presented. The model is applied in the context of an observational design which aims to determine, from the analysis of use of the playing area, which football discipline (7 a side football, 9 a side football or 11 a side football) is best adapted to the child’s possibilities. A multiple logistic regression model can provide an effective prognosis regarding the probability of a move being successful (reaching the opposing goal area) depending on the sector in which the move commenced and the football discipline which is being played.


Logistic regression Observational methodology Adapted football Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Arana
    • 1
  • Daniel Lapresa
    • 1
  • María Teresa Anguera
    • 2
  • Belén Garzón
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Educational SciencesUniversity of La RiojaLogroñoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Behavioural Sciences Methodology, Institute of Brain, Cognition and BehaviorUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.IES Marqués de la EnsenadaHaroSpain

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