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The evaluation of small-sided games as a talent identification tool in highly trained prepubertal soccer players

Fenner, Jonathan, Iga, John and UNNITHAN, Vish (2016) The evaluation of small-sided games as a talent identification tool in highly trained prepubertal soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (20). pp. 1983-1990. ISSN 0264-0414

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The aim of this study was to evaluate physiological and technical attributes of prepubertal soccer players during multiple small-sided games (SSGs), and determine if SSGs can act as a talent identification tool. Sixteen highly trained U10 soccer players participated and separated into two groups of eight. Each group played six small-sided (4 vs. 4) matches of 5-min duration. Each player was awarded total points for the match result and goals scored. A game technical scoring chart was used to rate each player’s performance during each game. Time-motion characteristics were measured using micromechanical devices. Total points had a very large significant relationship with game technical scoring chart (r = 0.758, P < 0.001). High-speed running distance had a significantly large correlation with game technical scoring chart (r = 0.547, P < 0.05). Total distance covered had a significant and moderate correlation with game technical scoring chart (r = 0.545, P < 0.05) and total points (r = 0.438, P < 0.05).The results demonstrated a large agreement between the highest-rated players and success in multiple SSGs, possibly due to higher-rated players covering larger distances in total and at high speed.Consequently, multiple SSG could be used to identify the more talented prepubertal soccer players.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Vish UNNITHAN
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 14:01
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:44

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