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Sports 2016, 4(4), 52; doi:10.3390/sports4040052

Relationship between Procedural Tactical Knowledge and Specific Motor Skills in Young Soccer Players

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CIFI2D, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto 4200-450, Portugal
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Medicine School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto 14049-900, Brazil
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School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto 14040-030, Brazil
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Department of Performance Analysis, Botafogo Football Club, Ribeirão Preto 14096-070, Brazil
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Academic Editors: Sixto González-Víllora and Filipe Manuel Clemente
Received: 6 October 2016 / Revised: 7 November 2016 / Accepted: 10 November 2016 / Published: 17 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Performance in Soccer)
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between offensive tactical knowledge and the soccer-specific motor skills performance. Fifteen participants were submitted to two evaluation tests, one to assess their technical and tactical analysis. The motor skills performance was measured through four tests of technical soccer skills: ball control, shooting, passing and dribbling. The tactical performance was based on a tactical assessment system called FUT-SAT (Analyses of Procedural Tactical Knowledge in Soccer). Afterwards, technical and tactical evaluation scores were ranked with and without the use of the cluster method. A positive, weak correlation was perceived in both analyses (rho = 0.39, not significant p = 0.14 (with cluster analysis); and rho = 0.35; not significant p = 0.20 (without cluster analysis)). We can conclude that there was a weak association between the technical and the offensive tactical knowledge. This shows the need to reflect on the use of such tests to assess technical skills in team sports since they do not take into account the variability and unpredictability of game actions and disregard the inherent needs to assess such skill performance in the game. View Full-Text
Keywords: technical skill; tactical procedural knowledge; offensive tactics; football; soccer technical skill; tactical procedural knowledge; offensive tactics; football; soccer
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Aquino, R.; Marques, R.F.R.; Petiot, G.H.; Gonçalves, L.G.C.; Moraes, C.; Santiago, P.R.P.; Puggina, E.F. Relationship between Procedural Tactical Knowledge and Specific Motor Skills in Young Soccer Players. Sports 2016, 4, 52.

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