Activity profiles of professional soccer, rugby league and Australian football match play

Varley, Matthew C. and Gabbett, Tim and Aughey, Robert J. (2014) Activity profiles of professional soccer, rugby league and Australian football match play. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (20). pp. 1858-1866. ISSN 0264-0414


We compared the match activity profiles of elite footballers from Australian football (AF), rugby league (RL) and soccer (SOC), using identical movement definitions. Ninety-four elite footballers from AF, RL or SOC clubs in Australia participated in this study. Movement data were collected using a 5-Hz global positioning system from matches during the 2008–2011 competitive seasons, including measures of velocity, distance, acceleration and bouts of repeat sprints (RS). Australian footballers covered the greatest relative running distances (129 ± 17 m.min−1) compared to RL (97 ± 16 m.min−1) and SOC (104 ± 10 m.min−1) (effect size [ES]; 1.0–2.8). The relative distance covered (4.92 ± 2.10 m.min−1 vs. 5.42 ± 2.49 m.min−1; 0.74 ± 0.78 m.min−1 vs. 0.97 ± 0.80 m.min−1) and the number of high-velocity running (0.4 ± 0.2 no.min−1 vs. 0.4 ± 0.2 no.min−1) and sprint (0.06 ± 0.06 no.min−1 vs. 0.08 ± 0.07 no.min−1) efforts between RL and SOC players were similar (ES; 0.1–0.3). Rugby league players undertook the highest relative number of accelerations (1.10 ± 0.56 no.min−1). RS bouts were uncommon for all codes. RL and SOC players perform less running than AF players, possibly due to limited open space as a consequence of field size and code specific rules. While training in football should be code specific, there may be some transference of conditioning drills across codes.

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Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 05:19
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Uncontrolled Keywords: activity; football; GPS; match analysis; team sports
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
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