Physical fitness profile of competitive young soccer players: determination of positional differences

Marques, Mario C. and Izquierdo, Mikel and Gabbett, Tim J. and Travassos, Bruno and Branquinho, Luis and van den Tillaar, Ronald (2016) Physical fitness profile of competitive young soccer players: determination of positional differences. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (5). pp. 693-701. ISSN 1747-9541


The aim of this study was to compare the anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics of the different playing positions in adolescent soccer players. Furthermore, differences among playing ages (under 14, under 16, and under 18 years) were determined. One hundred and sixty-seven young male national level soccer players were tested on anthropometric characteristics and physical performance tests (30m sprint, ball kicking, overhead medicine ball throw, and countermovement jump). The results demonstrated differences in anthropometric characteristics between positions (p<0.05). Differences were also found in the physical performance tests; forwards performed better in the throwing,countermovement jump, and sprint tests than defenders. Midfielders demonstrated greater countermovement jump performances than right defenders. Our results highlight that there is an influence of playing position on the anthropometric and physical qualities in adolescent players. This emphasizes the importance of evaluating the physical profile of players and their development according to playing age and playing position.

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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 05:09
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Uncontrolled Keywords: association football, kinanthopometry, sprinting speed, strength, vertical jump, youth sport
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
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