Match Analysis of U9 and U10 English Premier League Academy Soccer Players Using a Global Positioning System

Goto, H., Morris, J.G. ORCID: 0000-0001-6508-7897 and Nevill, M.E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2498-9493, 2015. Match Analysis of U9 and U10 English Premier League Academy Soccer Players Using a Global Positioning System. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 (4), pp. 954-963. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the match activity profile of U9 and U10 elite soccer players and to establish if there were any differences between players who were subsequently retained or released by their clubs. Such information should prove valuable in the design of training programs for these very young players and in the talent identification and development process. A Global Positioning System was used to analyze 2-4 inter-academy 6-a-side matches of English Premier League Academy players (U9: N=22 and U10: N=12) who trained three times a week (4.5 h). Speed zones were created based on 5 and 10m sprint times and an independent sample t-test was employed for a statistical analysis. Both squads covered ~4000 m in total or ~4700 m·h-1 during a match (NS between squads), with the U10s tending to cover a greater distance at moderate (p = 0.10) and high speeds (p=0.08) than the U9s. Retained group covered a greater distance than released group (retained vs. released: 4478±513 m vs. 4091±462 m, p<0.05) during a match and covered a greater distance during low speed running in absolute (1226±259 m vs. 1005±221 m, p<0.05) and relative (1325±235 m·h-1 vs. 1132±210 m·h-1, p<0.05) terms. Thus, U9 and U10 players cover over 4000 m in match play and those players who are retained by academies cover a greater distance in total and at low speeds (2.1-3.1 m·s-1). This information may support the preparation of squad training programs and the talent identification and development process.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Match analysis of youth soccer [running head]
Publication Title: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Creators: Goto, H., Morris, J.G. and Nevill, M.E.
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Date: 2015
Volume: 29
Number: 4
ISSN: 1064-8011
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182a0d751DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Mar 2016 14:13
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:59
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27105

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