Int J Sports Med 2017; 38(10): 747-754
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-110767
Training & Testing
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Movement Patterns of a U-20 National Women’s Soccer Team during Competitive Matches: Influence of Playing Position and Performance in the First Half

Guilherme Passos Ramos
1  School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Ocupational Therapy, Federal University of Minas Gerais/UFMG, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
4  Confederação Brasileira de Futebol/CBF, Youth Athletes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5  Brazilian National Football Confederation/CBF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
,
Fábio Yuzo Nakamura
2  Departamento de Educação Física, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
,
Lucas Adriano Pereira
3  Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, None, São Paulo, Brazil
,
Wanderley Brilhante Junior
4  Confederação Brasileira de Futebol/CBF, Youth Athletes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
,
Fábio Mahseredjian
5  Brazilian National Football Confederation/CBF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
,
Carolina Franco Wilke
1  School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Ocupational Therapy, Federal University of Minas Gerais/UFMG, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
,
Emerson Silami Garcia
6  Federal University of Maranhão, CAPES/FAPEMA, Maranhão, Brazil
,
Cândido Celso Coimbra
1  School of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Ocupational Therapy, Federal University of Minas Gerais/UFMG, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
7  Federal University of Minas Gerais, Biological Sciences Institute/ICB, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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accepted after revision 01 May 2017

Publication Date:
07 August 2017 (online)

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the match locomotor characteristics of a sample of U-20 Brazilian female soccer players. Seven international matches were analyzed during the 2015 U-20 South American Championship, using global positioning technology. During a typical match, fullbacks and forwards covered greater distances in high-intensity running and sprinting than central defenders and midfielders (effect size [ES]=1.42–3.69). In the final 15 min of a game, total and high-intensity running distance and player load were ≈20 to 35% (ES=0.41–3.86) lower than in the first 15 min period for midfielders, fullbacks, forwards, and central defenders. Sprinting, and high-intensity running distances, and the frequency of accelerations >2 m.s−2 immediately after the most intense 5-min period declined in forwards (ES=1.78–2.67), fullbacks (ES=1.96–5.25), midfielders (ES=1.66–3.77), and central defenders (ES=1.50–4.22). Maintaining ‘high’ levels of activity in the first half resulted in ≈19% reductions in the second half for sprinting distance and frequency of accelerations >2 m.s−2 (ES=0.43 and 0.88), while increases in these locomotor activities were observed in situations with ‘low’ levels of activity (ES=0.64 and 1.12, for sprinting and accelerations >2 m.s−2, respectively) (within-subject analysis). The data demonstrate that high-intensity efforts are reduced during various phases of international matches and overall activity patterns vary among playing positions. This information could be useful in the development and prescription of sex- and age-specific training regimes.