Purpose and goals: The purpose of this Master Thesis is to figure out the differences in play efficiency between Slovenian national team and their competitors at Women’s European Youth Championship 2017 in Celje. The goal was to collect official data of all the matches and to statistically analyse it. With the help of end results, we wanted to show, in which parameters of play efficiency can we get statistically significant differences between Slovenian national team and their opponents. We also made a qualitative analysis in the second half of this Master Thesis.
Methodology: We collected the data of all the played games with the help of European Handball Federation’s website and then we analysed it. Our sample consisted of 7 championship matches, played by Slovenian team at Women’ European Youth Championship 2017 in Celje. With the help of official statistics we chose 18 variables and divided them into parameters that were connected with offence activities and those that were connected with defence activities. With the help of chosen parameters we formed a few hypothesis that we later on confirmed or rejected. We analysed the data using computer statistics software program (SPSS) – calculated all the parameters’ basic statistical characteristics and test statistics. Based on the results of normality distribution test and homogeneity of variance, we continued with the T-test for independent samples or Mann-Whitney test with the help of which we wanted to figure out the differences among the Slovenian national team and their competitors. We made qualitative analysis by watching videos of all 7 matches.
Findings: We found out statistically significant differences between Slovenian national team and other competitors among the following parameters: the total number of shots, the total number of goals from the wing position, the total number of goals from the nine meter line, the number of technical errors and the number of yellow cards. We also noticed the differences in the model of the play between Slovenian team and other competitors at this European Championship. We found out the main difference in the model of the game between Slovenian team and other competitors was in the number of shots from the distance. Slovenian team didn’t manage to shoot as much from the distance as the other teams did and in the interpretation of the 6:0 system concept in wich other teams played more offensive variation of 6:0 system than Slovenian team.