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The objectives of Footballscience.net are:

  • to scientifically question statements, trends and opinions in football
  • to update coaches on scientific knowledge and its application in football
  • to help coaches in their development and finally for the good of the game

 

Tue

16

Sep

2014

Latest research in football - week 38 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Tue

09

Sep

2014

Latest research in football - week 37 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Fri

05

Sep

2014

Footwear in football

Special topic
  • Is there an effect of shoe traction and surface compliance on performance?

 

  • Is there a difference in cutting maneuvers when wearing different studded shoes?

 

  • Can/should female wear men soccer shoes?

 

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Wed

03

Sep

2014

All Whites Training Session Camp Doha 2014

Non-s(ci)ence

This week is utilized by many countries to play international friendly matches.

 

New Zealand will play Uzbekistan on 9.9. at 2 am (NZ time) and is preparation itself for the match in Doha.

 

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Mon

01

Sep

2014

Latest research in football - week 36 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Mon

25

Aug

2014

Latest research in football - week 35 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Fri

22

Aug

2014

Latest research in football - week 34 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Thu

21

Aug

2014

2014 World Cup FIFA Technical Report

Downloads

FIFA has released its technical report for the 2014 World Cup.

 

The report is 284 pages in length and provided in multiple languages (French, English, German, Spanish).

 

Content provided consists of:

  • Story of the tournament
  • Technical and tactical analysis
  • Trends
  • What made the difference between the teams
  • Referee and medical report

 

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Mon

18

Aug

2014

The effect of a congested schedule and match fatigue on performance

Special topics

With the new season on its way, I feel it is warrant to have a closer on how games affect consecutive performance on a) training, but also on b) the next match or training as the players will be fatigued from a match.

Generally, the training week is scheduled around games with the purpose to be fully recovered from games and training for the following match. Most of the teams have a “regular” football calendar, which gives two games within 8 days – for example Sunday and (the following) Sunday, which I will refer to as a regular schedule (RS). However, many teams also play three games within 8 days (and therefore have a congested schedule (CS)), due to National Cup, Champions League and Europa League games. In addition some players will need to perform for their national side – or just play college soccer, it might be same – (I hope the reader might forgive me for the slight sarcasm, however, there are many congested schedules in college soccer). As a consequence the greater demand will elevates the stress opposed on players (14).

 

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Tue

12

Aug

2014

Latest research in football - week 33 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Thu

07

Aug

2014

Goalkeeping at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Non-s(ci)ence

The afternoon session of the second day of the DFB International Coaching Conference 2014 was about the goalkeepers and their performances at the 2014 WC.

 

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Mon

04

Aug

2014

Latest research in football - week 31 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Fri

01

Aug

2014

Second day of the 2014 DFB International Coaching Conference

Non-s(ci)ence

The second day started with “The physical preparation on game-day” and was presented by the fitness coach of the U21 team of the DFB.

Depending on the time of the match, a training was scheduled in the morning of the same day of the match.

Possible content was:

 

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Tue

29

Jul

2014

DFB International Coaching Conference 2014

Miscellaneous

On my annual leave I was able to attend the international coaching conference of the German Football Association at Mannheim from the 28.-30.7.2014.

 

About 1200 participants from 30 nations attended the conference.

The focus of the first day was mainly on the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

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Mon

28

Jul

2014

Latest research in football - week 29 Part II - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Tue

22

Jul

2014

Latest research in football - week 29 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Mon

14

Jul

2014

Latest research in football - week 28 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Mon

07

Jul

2014

Latest research in football - week 27 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Wed

02

Jul

2014

Player development ranking for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Another interesting statistics from the CIES Football observatory.

The statistics takes into account the number of World Cup participants trained per nation, per club as well the number of leagues matches played by footballers per team up to the age of 23.

In order to be recognized as a club, their players needed to be at least 3 years at the club between the age of 15 and 21.

 

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Mon

30

Jun

2014

Latest research in football - week 26 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Fri

27

Jun

2014

About penalties (at the 2014 FIFA World Cup)

There were already many penalties during the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup at Brazil.

With the second round/knock-out stage around the corner, it seems possible that following matches will come to a conclusion with a penalty shoot-out.

As a consequence I have taken some time to scoop through the scientific literature about penalty taking in football. The first paragraph shows some information for the penalty taker, while the second parts deals with important considerations for the goalkeeper.

Considering that a penalty shot only needs about 0.2 to 0.6 seconds (4) for the 11 meters from the spot to the goal, the goalkeeper has very limited chance to react and jump to save the shoot, not even considering the reaction time.

As a result the goalkeeper need to start diving prior to the shot (however, needs to wait as long as possible) to not show the penalty taker the dive direction.


So what can the goalkeeper and the penalty taker do increase the chance of success?

 

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Tue

24

Jun

2014

Latest research in football - week 25 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Sun

22

Jun

2014

CIES Football Observatory Annual Review 2014

The Football observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a private foundation affiliated to the University of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.

Every year they analyse clubs and players in the big-5 leagues from a demographic, economic and pitch performance perspective.

 

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Tue

17

Jun

2014

Latest research in football - week 24 - 2014

Latest research in football

As previous literature updates, we have performed a PubCrawler search looking for football articles in NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

Following studies were retrieved for this week:

 

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Thu

12

Jun

2014

Heat acclimation in football players

This is a special post with regards to the FIFA World Cup 2014 as its different environmental conditions at each stadium (temperature and humidity) were fairly often debated in the press already.

 

Generally, Brazil’s average daily temperature during this time of the year is warmer than many other countries. Research from international matches in Qatar under hot environment significant favored the Qatari team showing the influence/advantage of heat accustomized teams (1 - see references below).

 

In sport science terms, getting accustomized to a hot (and/or humid) environment is called heat acclimation, which was a topic of interest for many years for exercise physiologists, especially for sporting events such as Tour de France or for military purposes.

 

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