Differences in GPS variables according to playing formations and playing positions in U19 male soccer players

Stefano Borghi, Davide Colombo, Antonio La Torre, Giuseppe Banfi, Matteo Bonato, Jacopo Antonino Vitale

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Abstract

The aims of this study were 1) to investigate Global Positioning System (GPS)-based match physical performance according to players’ playing position in three different playing formations (4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3) and 2) to analyse the differences in match performance between 1st and 2nd half. Twenty-three U19 elite male soccer players (age: 18 ± 1 year, height: 1.80 ± 0.04 m, body mass: 70.65 ± 6.02 kg), categorized as Central Back (CB, n = 5), Full Back (FB, n = 4), Central Midfielders (CM, n = 4), Wingers (W, n = 3), Strikers (S, n = 7), were monitored using 10 Hz GPS during 31 competitive matches. The results showed that FB and W always had the highest very high-speed running distance and number of sprints in all playing formations. Significant decrease in all GPS variables was observed in the 2nd half of the match for all playing positions. Strength coaches should adopt specific training regimes in accordance with players’ playing position.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • activity profile
  • data analysis
  • GPS
  • orthopaedics
  • soccer
  • workload

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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