Technical and physical demands of small vs. large sided games in relation to playing position in elite soccer

A Dellal, A Owen, D P Wong, Peter Krustrup, M van Exsel, J Mallo

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The aim of this investigation was to compare the effects of common rule changes on technical and physical demands for elite soccer players in five playing positions during various 4-min small-sided games (SSGs) in comparison to 11-a-side matches. Forty international players classified into five positional roles participated in the study (25.3±2.4years, 182.4±2.3cm, 77.3±4.1kg; M±SD). Players completed three different conditioned small-sided 4 vs. 4 games (1 ball touch=1T, 2 ball touches=2T and Free Play=FP) as well as two friendly matches. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate ([La]), ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) as well as physical and technical performance were analyzed. Compared to match-play, total distance covered per minute of play, high-intensity running activities (sprinting and high-intensity runs), total numbers of duels and lost ball possessions were significantly greater within SSGs for all playing positions (p
TidsskriftHuman Movement Science
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)957-969
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2012
Udgivet eksterntJa


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CURIS 2012 5200 060