Does size matter? Effects of small vs. large pitch SSG training on speed and endurance in collegiate soccer players

Faga, Josh, Bishop, Chris ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1505-1287 and Maloney, Sean J. (2022) Does size matter? Effects of small vs. large pitch SSG training on speed and endurance in collegiate soccer players. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching . ISSN 1747-9541 [Article] (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the training effect of small-sided games (SSGs) played using large (SSG-L) and small (SSG-S) area per player (ApP) on speed and endurance in college soccer players. Twenty male NCAA division 1 soccer players were randomly assigned to 2 experimental training groups: SSG-L (n = 10), or SSG-S (n = 10). During the 4-week intervention, both groups performed 3 sets of 4-8 minutes of 5 vs 5 SSGs using either a large (300m2; SSG-L) or small (75m2; SSG-S) ApP. Pre- and post-training, players completed linear sprint (20- and 40-m sprint), repeated sprint, and aerobic endurance tests. Following the intervention, both groups exhibited improvements in 20-m, 40-m, and maximum sprinting speed (all p  0.05, g = 0.04 –0.29). No differences or interaction effects in repeat-sprint ability were found for either group (p > 0.05). A decline in maximal aerobic speed occurred in SSG-S (p = 0.010, g = 0.60) whilst no change was reported for SSG-L. Following the intervention, anaerobic speed reserve was lower for SSG-L versus SSG-S (p = 0.013; g = -0.23).
No further between-group differences were reported at either time-point. These results suggest that SSGs played with small ApP may not be adequate to maintain aerobic fitness.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 35849
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Faga, Josh, Bishop, Chris and Maloney, Sean J. (2022) Does size matter? Effects of small vs. large pitch SSG training on speed and endurance in collegiate soccer players. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (Accepted/In press)
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2022 14:27
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2022 09:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35849

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