Game Demands of Seven-A-Side Soccer in Young Players

Barvero Álvarez, José C. and Gómez Lopez, María Teresa and Castagna, Carlo and Barbero Álvarez, Verónica and Romero, David V. and Blanchfield, Anthony W. and Nakamura, Fabio Y. (2017). Game Demands of Seven-A-Side Soccer in Young Players. "Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research", v. 31 (n. 7); pp. 1771-1779. ISSN 1064-8011.


Title: Game Demands of Seven-A-Side Soccer in Young Players
  • Barvero Álvarez, José C.
  • Gómez Lopez, María Teresa
  • Castagna, Carlo
  • Barbero Álvarez, Verónica
  • Romero, David V.
  • Blanchfield, Anthony W.
  • Nakamura, Fabio Y.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 1064-8011
Volume: 31
Freetext Keywords: youth soccer; time motion analysis; global positioning system; association football
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The aim of this study was to examine the activity patterns and physiological demands of 7-a-side youth soccer matches across 2 chronological age categories (U12 and U14). Twenty-two soccer players of a national youth soccer academy were investigated. Players of each age category performed 2 training matches (2 3 25 minutes) and were monitored by global positioning system and heart rate monitor units. Players of both categories covered similar total distance (5,348 6 307 m), at similar mean heart rate values (86 6 4% of maximum). However, the number of high-intensity runs (82.5 6 17.4 vs. 69.7 6 15.2) and total distance covered during sprints (264 6 207 vs. 128 6 74 m) were significantly (p # 0.05) higher in U14 compared with U12. The results suggest a highly demanding nature of 7-a-side soccer for skilled players, with physical maturity possibly influencing the match-related high-intensity performance at these ages.

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Item ID: 50834
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DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001143
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 25 Oct 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 10:53
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