A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play versus whole match data in professional soccer players of the English Championship

Mernagh, Dylan, Weldon, Anthony ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5762-332X, Wass, Josh, Phillips, John, Parmar, Nimai ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5540-123X, waldron, Mark and Turner, Anthony N. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5121-432X (2021) A comparison of match demands using ball-in-play versus whole match data in professional soccer players of the English Championship. Sports, 9 (6) , e76. pp. 1-8. ISSN 2075-4663 [Article] (doi:10.3390/sports9060076)

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This is the first study to report the Whole Match, ball-in-play (BiP), ball-out-of-play (BoP), and Max BiP (worst case scenario phases of play) demands of professional soccer players competing in the English Championship. Effective playing time per soccer game is typically < 60 min. When the ball is out of play, players spend time repositioning themselves, which is likely less physically demanding. Consequently, reporting whole-match demands may under-report the physical requirements of soccer players. Twenty professional soccer players, categorized via position (defenders, midfielders, and forwards) participated in this study. A repeated measures design was used to collect Global Positioning System (GPS) data over eight professional soccer matches in the English Championship. Data were divided into whole-match and BiP data, and BiP data were further sub-divided into different time points (30-60 s, 60-90 s, and > 90 s) providing precise peak match demands. Whole-match demands recorded were compared to BiP and Max BiP, and BiP data excluded data from all match stoppages, providing a more precise analysis of match demands. Whole-match metrics were significantly lower than BiP metrics (p < 0.05), and Max BiP for 30-60 s was significantly higher than periods between 60-90 s and > 90 s. No significant differences were found between positions. Ball-in-play analysis allows an accurate representation of the game and physical demands imposed on professional soccer players. Through having a clearer understanding of maximum game demands in professional soccer, will enable practitioners to design highly specific training methods.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): high-speed running, acceleration, metabolic load, football, sport
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 33301
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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Depositing User: Anthony Turner
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 12:35
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 16:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33301

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