Why do the world's best footballers take such poor penalties?

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Matt Miller-Dicks featured in media coverage on penalty shoot outs, speaking to 'warm-up decrement.'

Period24 Nov 2022 → 17 Dec 2022

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  • TitleWhy do the world's best footballers take such poor penalties?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletReuters
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionWhy do so many players seem unable to back their technique to aim at a small but productive top corner and instead go low? "The margin for error is just that bit less aiming for that part of the goal," Dr Matt Miller-Dicks, Senior Lecturer in Skill Acquisition at the University of Portsmouth told Reuters.
    PersonsMatt Miller-Dicks
  • TitlePenalty Kick Research
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletBBC Radio Solent - Breakfast Show
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionExpert Interview
    PersonsMatt Miller-Dicks
  • TitleAlphonso Davies’s crucial penalty miss may be Canada’s pivotal moment at World Cup
    Media typeWeb
    Description"We asked Matt Miller-Dicks, a health and exercise scientist at the University of Portsmouth, for his thoughts. Miller-Dicks has done scholarly research on soccer penalties.

    “Evaluating Alphonso Davies’s penalty depends a lot on how he had been practising penalty kicks,” Miller-Dicks said in an e-mail.

    That’s difficult to know because Davies hasn’t spoken publicly since he missed that shot. Maybe he had been practising penalties with new attention. Maybe he hadn’t. And if he had, who’s to say what precise way he practised, or under what conditions?"
    Producer/AuthorCathal Kelly
    PersonsMatt Miller-Dicks