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Journal Article (Refereed)
January 2014

A Comparison of Field Test Performances between Elite and Sub-Elite Academy Soccer Players

Stewart, A & Bloom, L & Clarkson, B & Comfort, P 2014, 'A Comparison of Field Test Performances between Elite and Sub-Elite Academy Soccer Players', Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 3(4).

Abstract

The findings of this study highlight that there are no significant
differences (p>0.05) in the height (175.1 ± 5.4 cm vs. 171.8 ± 5.8
cm) and body mass (69.5 ± 6.9 kg vs. 68.1 ± 5.8 kg) of Elite and Sub-
Elite squads respectively. In contrast the Elite squad demonstrated
significantly quicker sprint performances in the 5 m (0.98 ± 0.05
s vs. 1.02 ± 0.06 s; p=0.01) and 20 m (2.95 ± 0.09 s vs. 3.06 ±
0.15 s; p=0.003) sprints, higher SJ (51.8 ± 3.9 cm vs. 37.8 ± 3.8
cm; p<0.001) and CMJ (55.1 ± 4.5 cm vs. 38.6 ± 3.9 cm; p<0.001)
performance and significantly greater relative strength (2.14 ± 0.25
kg/kg vs. 1.81 ± 0.34 kg/kg, p<0.001) compared to the Sub-elite
squad, respectively. Results suggest that strength, jump and sprint
tests can all differentiate between elite and sub-elite youth soccer
players, highlighting the importance of appropriate conditioning to
develop strength and power in youth soccer players.

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Laurence Bloom

Al Stewart

Ben Clarkson

Publication Details

Journal Name
Journal of Athletic Enhancement

Volume
3(4)