Whole and peak physical characteristics of elite youth female soccer match-play

Harkness-Armstrong, Alice, Till, Kevin, Datson, Naomi and Emmonds, Stacey (2020) Whole and peak physical characteristics of elite youth female soccer match-play. Journal of Sport Sciences. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1466-447X

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to quantify whole and peak physical characteristics of Under (U)14 and U16 elite youth female soccer, and compare by position and age-group. Data was collected using 10Hz GPS units from 431 match observations, during 50 matches involving 201 players (U14 n=93; U16 n=108) representing Regional Talent Centres in The Football Association’s Girl’s England Talent Pathway League. Whole match data were reported as absolute and relative; total (TD), high speed running (HSR; ≥3.46m·s-1), very high speed running (VHSR; ≥ 5.29 m·s-1), and sprinting (SPR; ≥6.26 m·s-1) distance, and maximum velocity. Moving average analysis determined peak data for 1-10 minute durations. Linear mixed modelling and effect sizes (ES) established position-specific differences. Results showed U16s covered greater; absolute distance at all speeds (small-moderate ESs; p<0.001); relative VHSR and SPR m·min-1 (small-moderate ESs; p<0.001); peak TD and HSR m·min-1 (small ESs) across several peak-durations, and VHSR m·min-1 (small ESs; p<0.001) across all peak-durations compared to U14s. Position-specific differences were observed across all positions between and within both age-groups, identifying whole and peak physical characteristics are age- and position-dependent within elite youth female soccer match-play. Findings may facilitate informed coaching practices and training programme design, talent identification and development processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Match demands, activity profiles, football, match analysis, running demands
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Naomi Datson
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 14:24
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 11:59
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5593

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