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Anthropometric and Functional Profile of Selected vs. Non-Selected 13-to-17-Year-Old Soccer Players

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Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Portugal Football School, Portuguese Football Federation, 1495-433 Oeiras, Portugal
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Faculty of Health Sciences and Sports, Universidade Europeia, 1500-210 Lisbon, Portugal
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Research Group in Soccer Science, Center of Physical Education and Sports, Department of Sports, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória 29075-910, Brazil
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Department of Movement Sciences and Wellness, University of Parthenope, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark, 5220 Odense, Denmark
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School of Sport Sciences, The Artic University of Norway, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
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School of Exercise and Sport Science, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, 37131 Verona, Italy
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Sports 2020, 8(8), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8080111
Received: 8 July 2020 / Revised: 1 August 2020 / Accepted: 5 August 2020 / Published: 9 August 2020
The purpose of this study was to compare anthropometric and functional profiles of 13-to-17-year-old soccer players according to their competitive level. Height, body mass, percentage of body fat, countermovement jump height, change of direction ability, 5- and 15-m sprint times, repeated sprint ability (RSA), intermittent recovery performance, and dribbling skills were collected in 115 young Italian soccer players. Players were divided into selected (i.e., competing at national level, n = 17 U15 and 47 U17) and non-selected (i.e., competing at regional level, n = 43 U15 and 8 U17) groups. U17 selected players were taller, quicker over 5 and 15 m, more agile, and had better RSA, prolonged intermittent recovery ability, and dribbling skills than their non-selected counterparts (d = 0.28–0.55, p < 0.05). In particular, selected players showed lower times on the first three and the last shuttle of the RSA test (d = 0.28–0.34, p < 0.05). No significant differences were observed in U15 players (p > 0.05). Discriminant analysis revealed that dribbling skills, 15-m sprint time, and height best discriminate U17 players by competitive level (p < 0.001). Anthropometric characteristics and functional abilities can discriminate across competitive standards between male U17 but not U15 soccer players. In particular, these findings suggest the importance of dribbling skills, 15-m sprint, and height in U17 players. View Full-Text
Keywords: performance; dribbling; height; sprint; repeated sprint ability; agility performance; dribbling; height; sprint; repeated sprint ability; agility
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Nughes, E.; Rago, V.; Aquino, R.; Ermidis, G.; Randers, M.B.; Ardigò, L.P. Anthropometric and Functional Profile of Selected vs. Non-Selected 13-to-17-Year-Old Soccer Players. Sports 2020, 8, 111. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8080111

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Nughes E, Rago V, Aquino R, Ermidis G, Randers MB, Ardigò LP. Anthropometric and Functional Profile of Selected vs. Non-Selected 13-to-17-Year-Old Soccer Players. Sports. 2020; 8(8):111. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8080111

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Nughes, Erik; Rago, Vincenzo; Aquino, Rodrigo; Ermidis, Georgios; Randers, Morten B.; Ardigò, Luca P. 2020. "Anthropometric and Functional Profile of Selected vs. Non-Selected 13-to-17-Year-Old Soccer Players" Sports 8, no. 8: 111. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8080111

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