Acute effects of the number of players and scoring method on physiological, physical, and technical performance in small-sided soccer games
Task constraints, Performance analysis, Match analysis, Team sports assessment procedure
This study aims to examine the effect of differences in the number of players and scoring method on heart rate responses, time–motion characteristics, and technical/tactical performance during small-sided soccer games. Ten male amateur soccer players (26.4 ± 5.3 years old, 8.4 ± 3.2 years of practice, 179.3 ± 5.2 cm body height, 71.2 ± 7.1 kg body weight, 45.8 ± 2.6 ml.kg–1min–1VO2max) from the Portuguese regional league played nine different small-sided games (i.e., 3 formats × 3 scoring methods). The study used two-way MANOVA, two-away ANOVA, and one-way ANOVA, depending on the specific procedure for the analysis. Compared with other formats, 2v2 induced significantly greater values of technical/tactical indexes (p = 0.001), 3v3 induced significantly higher %HRreserve values (p = 0.001), and 4v4 led to significantly greater distance coverage and speed (p = 0.001). The study provided evidence for coaches to set different small-sided game conditions depending on the training purpose in terms of physiological, physical, and technical performance.
Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal
Clemente, F.,Wong, D.,Martins, F.,& Mendes, R. (2014). Acute effects of the number of players and scoring method on physiological, physical, and technical performance in small-sided soccer games. Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 22 (4), 380-397. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15438627.2014.951761