ABSTRACT: SOCCER COACHES HAVE BEEN INCREASING THE USE OF SMALL-SIDED GAMES IN SOCCER TRAINING. THESE SMALL-SIDED GAMES SHOW A SIMILAR EFFICIENCY AS TRADITIONAL RUNNING METHODS (WITHOUT THE USE OF A BALL) IN DEVELOPING PHYSICAL FITNESS IN SOCCER PLAYERS. MOREOVER, SMALL-SIDED GAMES ENABLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH TECHNICAL SKILLS AND TACTICAL ACTIONS. HOWEVER, THERE IS LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PROPER ORGANIZATION THAT IS NECESSARY FOR SMALL-SIDED GAMES TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED EFFECTS IN SOCCER PLAYERS. THIS REVIEW AIMS TO SUMMARIZE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON SOCCER PLAYERS PROMOTED BY SMALL-SIDED GAMES AND TO DEVELOP A METHODOLOGICAL SCHEMATIZATION FOR ORGANIZING SMALL-SIDED GAMES.
1Department of Education, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, ESEC, Coimbra, Portugal;
2University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; and
3Instituto de Telecomunicações, Delegação da Covilhã, Covilhã, Portugal
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest. This work was supported by FCT project PEst–OE/EEI/LA0008/2013.
Filipe M. Clemente is currently a PhD student in Sports Sciences with a specialization in Sports Training at the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education of the University of Coimbra.
Fernando M. Lourenço Martins works at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra College of Education (ESEC), and he is currently a Professor in the Department of Education (Mathematics and Mathematics Education) and researcher on Instituto de Telecomunicações.
Rui S. Mendes works at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra College of Education in the Sports and Physical Education Department and is the President of Coimbra College of Education.