The purpose of this undergraduate thesis was to assess the characteristics of the game of the football club Nafta 1903 in the fall part of the 2016/17 season in the 3rd Slovenian football league east. We compared the football club’s execution of technical-tactical elements of the game, in both offense and defense, to its opponents.
We analysed the five matches that FC Nafta 1903 played in the fall part of the 2016/17 season. We were observing eight variables, on the basis of which we inferred the characteristics of the game, in both offence and defense, of the FC Nafta 1903 team. Nafta 1903 opponents were Lušt Beltinci, FC Hotiza, FC Odranci, and FC Čarda. We analysed each game and compared certain variables of both teams. By the end of the fall part of the season, Nafta 1903 was at the top of the championship ladder.
After the analysis of the characteristics, we came to certain important conclusions. FC Nafta 1903 was better with regard to ball possession than most of its opponents and created the most chances after quick and continuous attacks on the wing. The club scored most goals in the penalty area through return passes and crosses. The analyses show that Nafta 1903 had a great number of counter attacks with which they tried to score goals quickly. We found out that the club scored the most goals inside the penalty area and a few from a greater distance. It also turned out that FC Nafta 1903 made the fewest fouls and had the more corner kicks than its opponents. Furthermore, they successfully executed two penalty kicks. They lost the most balls due to incorrect and unwary passes.
The characteristics of the game show that Nafta 1903 acquired most balls in its defensive third. Many balls were acquired in the middle of the field. The defense was positioned more to the backmost part of the field. From the middle of the field, Nafta 1903 did not allow its opponents to develop their game or have a longer continuous attack. Most balls were acquired due to the opponent’s incorrect passes and due to intercepted passes. The most difficulties were had with the organising of the defense after a counterattack. It was through counterattacks that Nafta 1903 received the most goals. The opponents scored most goals inside the penalty area. With regards to duels, Nafta 1903 was, on average, more successful than its opponents. Nafta 1903’s players gained most balls through successful duels. They were successful in both clearing the balls and duels in the air.