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Self-Organization Processes in Field-Invasion Team Sports

Pedro Passos, Duarte Araújo, Keith Davids

The Big Idea

Since these investigators brought it up in their abstract’s first sentence, let’s briefly talk about ant colonies as a bridge to the subject of self-organization in field-invasion team sports.

Imagine this.  There is a flood threatening a colony of ants.  What do they do?  No problem or panic: they simply build an ant raft.  These pancake-like rafts are composed of the ants themselves—sometimes as many as 100,000—who instinctively connect themselves perpendicular to each other—always heads up—and weave a buoyant ant craft,...

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