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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2020 Dec 14

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.20.11400-2


language: English

Rethinking training in elite soccer players: comparative evidence of small sided games and official match play in kinematic parameters

Cristian SAVOIA 1, Ferdinando IELLAMO 2, 3, Giuseppe CAMINITI 3, Dominic A. DORAN 1, Samuel PULLINGER 1, 4, Mario INNAURATO 5, Giuseppe ANNINO 2, Vincenzo MANZI 3

1 Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, The Tom Reilly Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK; 2 Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Medicina Traslazionale, Università Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy; 3 Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico San Raffaele Pisana, Roma, Italy; 4 Sports Science Department, Aspire Academy, Doha, Qatar; 5 Institut d’Éducation Physique, Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (HEPL), Liège, Belgique


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare kinematics parameters among official matches and SSGs of an Italian premier league soccer team.
METHODS: Eighteen elite professional male soccer players (4 central defenders, 4 wide defenders, 3 central midfielders, 3 box-to-box midfielders, 2 wingers and 2 strikers) took part in the study. Players were monitored during four months of full training (including pre-season and in-season) and over 26 matches (14 Serie A matches, 9 Europa League matches, and 3 friendly matches), from July 2017 until November 2017. The kinematic parameters during official matches and SSGs were evaluated through Video Match Analysis.
RESULTS: The kinematic data analysis shows that the metabolic power, that constitutes an integrated measure of acceleration and velocity, fails to reflect what occurs during actual matchplay.
CONCLUSIONS: An increased attention should be place in planning SSGs during training to better reproduce actual match situations.

KEY WORDS: Soccer; Training methodology; Small side games; Video match analysis; GPS kinematic parameters

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