Background: This study examined the distance that the clubs of the first division in the Brazilian Soccer Championship traveled on 2009-2014 editions and aimed to correlate the total
distance traveled successfully in the competition through its final ranking on the championship.
Methods: The distances were calculated taking as reference the host city of the analyzed club and the place where it held the matches. It was considered the straight-line distance
between two cities and the value found was duplicated in order to represent the outward and return of the journey performed. The statistical analysis was made by STATISTICA® 12.0 software (StatSoft,
Inc., Tulsa, OK, USA). The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used to test the normality distribution of data. To compare the average distance of the top four and the last four, it was used the test t of
Student, and to verify the correlation between points earned by the twenty teams and the distance traveled by them, it was used the Spearman's correlation.
Results: There is a negative correlation found between the traveled distance and the points obtained in the end of the championship, once the four worst placed teams, on average,
significantly traveled more distance than the average distance traveled by the four finishers. Moreover, it can be noted that there is a greater concentration of teams located in the South and
Southeast of the country, supposing this concentration is due to the fact that these clubs have their headquarters in greater financial power regions compared to the rest of the country. However, the
success in soccer does not depend only on the amount of travel or the team’s economic power, even both are relevant, but to many correlated factors. This leads us to believe that greater distances
have major impacts in lower economic power clubs.
Conclusions: It can be concluded that future researches are required to elucidate the relationship between travel and performance, since, in our study, parallel competitions trips
have been discarded, as well as the logistics of travel adopted by the clubs.