Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
Ios-APP Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Androit-APP Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2018) 17, 563 - 570

Research article
Positional Differences in the Most Demanding Passages of Play in Football Competition
Andrés Martín-García1, , David Casamichana1,2, Antonio Gómez Díaz1,3, Francesc Cos1,4, Tim J. Gabbett5,6
Author Information
1 FC Barcelona Sports Performance Department, Barcelona, Spain
2 Universidad Europea del Atlántico, Santander, Spain
3 Murcia University, San Javier University of Physical Education and Sports Science, INEFC Barcelona, Spain
4 University of Physical Education and Sports Science, INEFC Barcelona, Spain
5 Gabbett Performance Solutions, Brisbane, Australia
6 University of Southern Queensland, Institute for Resilient Regions, Ipswich, Australia

Andrés Martín-García
✉ FC Barcelona Sports Performance Department. Av. Onze de Setembre, s/n, 08970 Sant Joan Despí, Barcelona
Publish Date
Received: 13-04-2018
Accepted: 14-09-2018
Published (online): 20-11-2018
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The aim of this investigation was to determine the position and duration specific activity of the most demanding passages of play in football players. Global positioning system data were collected from twenty-three football players across a competitive season. A total of 605 individual match files were analysed. Players were categorised based on positional groups; full-back (FB), central defender (CD), midfielder (MF), wide midfielders (WMF) and forwards (FW). The most demanding passage of a match play was analysed using a rolling average method, where maximal values were calculated for four different time durations (1’, 3’, 5’ and 10’) using distance (m·min-1), high metabolic load distance (HMLD) and average metabolic power (AMP) as variables of interest. Using distance as the criterion variable, MF and WMF positions covered greater distance, and fewer sprinting meters (>7.0 m·s-1, m·min-1). With HMLD as the criterion variable, the values for WMF and MF positions were higher than the CD and FW positions. The MF and WMF positions performed more high-intensity accelerations and decelerations when the criterion variable was AMP. These results provide an understanding of the most demanding passages of play to inform training practices for specific football playing positions.

Key words: Team sports, match demands, peak intensity, global position system

           Key Points
  • Physical demands are position-dependent during the most demanding passage of match-play
  • Reducing the time window homogenizes the physical demands imposed on players
  • We need information about different variables to understand the actual demands of the most demanding passages of match-play
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