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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

 

Fri

04

Jun

2021

Dose-Response Relationships between Training Load Measures and Physical Fitness in Professional Soccer Players

The aim of this cohort study was two-fold: (i) to analyze within-group changes of final velocity in a 30-15 intermittent fitness test (VIFT), final velocity in a Vameval test (Vvameval), 20-m sprint and countermovement jump (CMJ); (ii) to explore the relationships between VIFT and Vvameval outcomes and their changes with internal and external loads.

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Wed

02

Jun

2021

Acceleration and High-Speed Running Profiles of Women’s International and Domestic Football Matches

The aim of the present study was to compare the acceleration, deceleration, and high-speed running profiles of players during international and domestic matches and to determine if differences were apparent across playing positions (defenders, midfielders, and attackers).

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Thu

20

May

2021

Latest research in football - week 14 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

20

May

2021

Influence of Players’ Maximum Running Speed on the Team’s Ranking Position at the End of the Spanish LaLiga

The aim was to determine the influence of a player’s peak/maximum running speed on the team’s final ranking position. A second aim was to investigate differences in maximum running speed among playing positions.

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Wed

19

May

2021

A Preseason Training Program With the Nordic Hamstring Exercise Increases Eccentric Knee Flexor Strength and Fascicle Length

The aim of this study was to investigate the collective and individual responses of professional female soccer players engaged in a preseason training program with the NHE regarding eccentric knee flexor strength and biceps femoris long head fascicle length.

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Mon

17

May

2021

Latest research in football - week 13 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

17

May

2021

Quantification of Training Load Relative to Match Load of Youth National Team

The aims of this study were to (1) quantify the external training load relative to match load in days before a subsequent international game and (2) examine the cumulative training load in relation to match load of U-17 national team soccer players.

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Sat

15

May

2021

A Meta-Analytical Comparison of the Effects of Small-Sided Games vs. Running-Based High-Intensity Interval Training on Soccer Players’ Repeated-Sprint Ability

This systematic review with a meta-analysis was conducted to compare the effects of small-sided games (SSGs)-based interventions with the effects of running-based high-intensity interval training (HIIT) interventions on soccer players’ repeated sprint ability (RSA).

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Fri

14

May

2021

Latest research in football - week 12 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

12

May

2021

Influence of Size and Maturity on Injury in Young Elite Soccer Players

The purpose of this study was to investigate sports injuries in younger (U9–U11) and older (U12–U13) children playing soccer at an elite level, analysing potential anthropometric and maturity risk factors. 

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Tue

11

May

2021

Effect of a Shock Micro-Cycle on Biochemical Markers in University Soccer Players

This study aimed to examine various biochemical biomarkers changes during a shock micro-cycle in soccer players from a university team.

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Mon

10

May

2021

Latest research in football - week 11 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

07

May

2021

Effects of Mental Fatigue in Total Running Distance and Tactical Behaviour During Small-Sided Games

Mental fatigue can impact physical demands and tactical behaviour in sport-related contexts. Small-sided games (SSGs) are often used to develop a specific sport-related context. This systematic review (with a meta-analysis) was conducted to compare the effects of mental fatigue vs. control conditions in terms of the total running distance and tactical behaviour of soccer players during SSGs.

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Thu

06

May

2021

Selected, Deselected and Reselected: A Case Study Analysis of Attributes Associated With Player Reselection Following Closure of a Youth Soccer Academy

Considering the perceived benefit of early recruitment and the time and resources spent developing youth players, individuals released from talent development programmes are often re-recruited by rival academies. Limited data exists on players deselected from (or reselected to) youth soccer academies.

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Tue

04

May

2021

Latest research in football - week 10 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

04

May

2021

Associations Between Variations in Accumulated Workload and Physiological Variables in Young Footballers Over the Season

This study sought to analyse the relationship between in-season training workload with changes in aerobic power (VO2max), maximum and resting heart rate (HRmax and HRrest), linear sprint medium (LSM) and short test (LSS) in U16 soccer players. An additional aim was to explain changes in fitness levels during the in-season through regression models, considering accumulated load, baseline levels, and peak height velocity (PHV) as predictors.

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Mon

03

May

2021

How did three consecutive matches with extra time affect physical performance? A case study of the 2018 football Men’s World Cup

How did three consecutive matches with extra time affect physical performance? A case study of the 2018 football Men’s World Cup

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Fri

30

Apr

2021

Latest research in football - week 9 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

29

Apr

2021

Optimal Pretaper Phase on Physical Match Performance in Professional Soccer

The aim was to investigate the optimal pretaper duration on match running performance in a professional soccer team.

 

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Wed

28

Apr

2021

Eyes-Open Versus Eyes-Closed Somatosensory Motor Balance in Professional Soccer Players With Chronic Ankle Instability

The aim was to compare an eyes-open versus an eyes-closed balance training protocol in professional soccer players with chronic ankle instability

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Fri

23

Apr

2021

Latest research in football - week 8 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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

22

Apr

2021

Seasonal training and match load and micro-cycle periodization in male Premier League academy soccer players

The aim was to assess on pitch external loading of English Premier League (EPL) academy soccer players (U12-U18 age groups) over an entire competitive season.

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Wed

21

Apr

2021

The World’s Most Valuable Soccer Teams

Forbes has released its bi-annual list of the 20 most valued soccer teams.

 

The list includes nine teams from the English Premier League, four from the Italian Serie A, three from the Spanish La Liga, two from the German Bundesliga and one from each the Netherlands and France.

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Tue

20

Apr

2021

Motor performance is not related to injury risk in growing elite-level male youth football players

The aim was to identify the relationship between growth velocity and injury in elite-level youth footballers.

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Thu

15

Apr

2021

Latest research in football - week 7 - 2021

As previous literature updates, I 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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