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An Exploratory Data Analysis on the Influence of Role Rotation in a Small-Sided Game on Young Soccer Players

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Research Center High Performance Soccer, Fundación Marcet, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Pontifical University of Comillas, 07013 Palma, Spain
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SER Research Group, Pontifical University of Comillas, 07013 Palma, Spain
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Department of Architecture and Computer Technology, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, Campus of Melilla, University of Granada, 52071 Melilla, Spain
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Escola Superior Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Álvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Delegação da Covilhã, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
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Academic Editor: José Carmelo Adsuar Sala
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6773; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136773
Received: 29 April 2021 / Revised: 20 June 2021 / Accepted: 21 June 2021 / Published: 24 June 2021
The aim of the present study was to analyze the behavior of players in a standard small-sided game (SSG) according to the role played (offensive (OF), defensive (DF), and wildcard (W)) and its relationship with physical demands (PHYD), technical performance (TP), and internal load (RPE). A total of 24 young highly trained male soccer players (under 16: n = 12; under 19: n = 12) participated. During the SSG, the players alternated the three roles (OF, DF, and W). The duration of each repetition was 4 min with a passive rest of 3 min between them. Furthermore, it emphasized the high demand in all defensive parameters. In addition, DF roles showed higher values in PHYD and RPE, followed by the OF roles, and finally by the W roles. A complementary, positive moderate correlation was found between PHYD and RPE in the U16 dataset (r = 0.45, p < 0.006). Very large positive correlations were also found between PHYD and RPE in the U19 and merged dataset (r = 0.78, p < 0.001 and r = 0.46, p < 0.63, respectively). This information could be useful for coaches in order to structure the roles in SSGs and control training load. View Full-Text
Keywords: football; drill-based games; performance; task constraints; external load; youth soccer football; drill-based games; performance; task constraints; external load; youth soccer
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Falces-Prieto, M.; González-Fernández, F.T.; Matas-Bustos, J.; Ruiz-Montero, P.J.; Rodicio-Palma, J.; Torres-Pacheco, M.; Clemente, F.M. An Exploratory Data Analysis on the Influence of Role Rotation in a Small-Sided Game on Young Soccer Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6773. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136773

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Falces-Prieto M, González-Fernández FT, Matas-Bustos J, Ruiz-Montero PJ, Rodicio-Palma J, Torres-Pacheco M, Clemente FM. An Exploratory Data Analysis on the Influence of Role Rotation in a Small-Sided Game on Young Soccer Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(13):6773. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136773

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Falces-Prieto, Moisés, Francisco T. González-Fernández, Jaime Matas-Bustos, Pedro J. Ruiz-Montero, Jesús Rodicio-Palma, Manuel Torres-Pacheco, and Filipe M. Clemente 2021. "An Exploratory Data Analysis on the Influence of Role Rotation in a Small-Sided Game on Young Soccer Players" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 13: 6773. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136773

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