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Positional interchanges influence the physical and technical match performance variables of elite soccer players

Schuth, G, Carr, G, Barnes, C, Carling, C and Bradley, PS (2016) Positional interchanges influence the physical and technical match performance variables of elite soccer players. JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, 34 (6). pp. 501-508. ISSN 0264-0414

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Positional variation in match performance is well established in elite soccer but no information exists on players switching positions. This study investigated the influence of elite players interchanging from one position to another on physical and technical match performance. Data were collected from multiple English Premier League (EPL) seasons using a computerised tracking system. After adhering to stringent inclusion criteria, players were examined across several interchanges: central-defender to fullback (CD-FB, n = 11, 312 observations), central-midfielder to wide-midfielder (CM-WM, n = 7, 171 observations), wide-midfielder to central-midfielder (WM-CM, n = 7, 197 observations) and attacker to wide-midfielder (AT-WM, n = 4, 81 observations). Players interchanging from CD-FB covered markedly more high-intensity running and sprinting distance (effect size [ES]: −1.56 and −1.26), lost more possessions but made more final third entries (ES: −1.23 and −1.55). Interchanging from CM-WM and WM-CM resulted in trivial to moderate differences in both physical (ES: −0.14–0.59 and −0.21–0.39) and technical performances (ES: −0.48–0.64 and −0.36–0.54). Players interchanging from AT-WM demonstrated a moderate difference in high-intensity running without possession (ES: −0.98) and moderate-to-large differences in the number of clearances, tackles and possessions won (ES: −0.77, −1.16 and −1.41). The data demonstrate that the physical and technical demands vary greatly from one interchange to another but utility players seem able to adapt to these positional switches.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES on 24 Dec 2015 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2015.1127402
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 08:09
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 15:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1127402
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3374
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