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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2008 December;48(4):443-6

language: English

Activity profile of elite goalkeepers during football match-play

Di Salvo V. 1, 2, Benito P. J. 3, Calderón F. J. 3, Di Salvo M. 2, Pigozzi F. 2

1 Real Madrid Football Club, Madrid, Spain
2 Department of Health Sciences University of Rome “Foro Italico” (IUSM), Rome, Italy
3 Laboratory of Exercise Physiology Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Science (INEF) Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Aim. The purpose of this study was to analyse the activities of a goalkeeper during a match and to identify the distances covered at different velocities between the first and second halves.
Methods. Sixty-two goalkeepers belonging to 28 teams in the English Premier League were monitored over 109 matches using the Prozone® system. All values are averages and standard deviations. Pearson product moment correlation was used to examine selected bivariate correlation. To analyze the differences in averages, the paired Student t-test was used. The analyses were performed using SPSS (v.13.0; SPSS, Inc. Chicago, IL). The significance level was set at P<0.05.
Results. Mean total distance covered by the goalkeeper during the match was 5 611±613 m. There were no differences between distances covered in the first and second halves. The distance covered at high-intensity was 56±34 m, while the distance covered sprinting was 11±12 m. The average number of high speed actions was 10±6, with a total range between 0 and 40. The goalkeeper walked during 73% of the match, while spending just 2% moving at high-intensity.
Conclusion. The goalkeeper’s physical activity was not as great as that of the field players, but the high-intensity actions carried out will be very decisive in the final result of the match.

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