Relationship Between Endurance Field Tests and Match Performance in Young Soccer Players

Carlo Castagna, Vincenzo Manzi, Franco Impellizzeri, Matthew Weston, José C Barbero Alvarez

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    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between popular endurance field tests and physical match performance in elite male youth soccer players. Eighteen male young soccer players (age 14.4±0.1 years, height 1.67±4.8 cm, body mass 53.6±1.8 kg) were randomly chosen among a population of elite-level soccer players. Players were observed during international championship games of the corresponding age categories and randomly submitted to the level 1 of the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test (Yo-Yo IR1), the Multistage Fitness Test (MSFT) and the Hoff test on separate occasions. Physical and physiological match demands were assessed using Global Positioning System technology and short-range telemetry (GPS Elite, Canberra, Australia) respectively. Players covered 6087±582 m (5098-7019m) of which 15% (930±362 m; 442-1513) were performed at HIA. During the first and second half players attained 86.8±6.5 and 85.8±5.8% of HR max (p=0.17) with peak HR’s of 100±2 and 99.4±3.2% of HR max, respectively. Players’ Yo-Yo IR1 and MSFT performance were significantly related (r from 0.62 to 0.76) to a number of match physical activities. However the Hoff test was only significantly related with sprint distance (r=0.70, p=0.04). The Yo-Yo IR1 showed very large association with MSFT performance (r=0.89, p<0.0001). This study’s results showed that Yo -Yo IR1 and MSFT test may be regarded as valuable tests to assess match fitness and subsequently guide training prescription in youth soccer players. The very large relationship between Yo-Yo IR1 and MSFT suggests their use according to 3 the period of the season and the aerobic -fitness level of the players. Due to the association of the Yo-Yo IR1 and MSFT with match physical performances these tests should be considered in talent selection and development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3227-3233
    JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


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