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Developing Aerobic and Anaerobic Fitness Using Small-Sided Soccer Games: Methodological Proposals

Clemente, Filipe M. MSc1,2; Lourenço Martins, Fernando M. PhD1,3; Mendes, Rui S. PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000063
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Abstract

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.

Author Information

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.

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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.

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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.

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