SMALL-SIDED GAMES ARE USUALLY USED IN SOCCER TRAINING TO DEVELOP ELEMENTS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL, AND TACTICAL PERFORMANCE. NEVERTHELESS, FEW STUDIES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO ANALYZE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OR PROVIDE METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR TRAINING PERIODIZATION USING SUCH GAMES. THUS, THE AIM OF THIS PAPER IS TO REVIEW THE GENERAL EFFECTS OF SMALL-SIDED GAMES IN TERMS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES. AS A RESULT, A SMALL REVIEW WAS DEVELOPED TO CONSIDER SOME METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS TO IMPLEMENT IN SOCCER TRAINING. FINALLY, AN EXAMPLE WAS PROPOSED OF A WEEK SPENT CARRYING OUT SOCCER MICROCYCLES AND ORIENTATIONS IN ORDER TO ADOPT SMALL-SIDED GAMES FOR EACH SESSION.
1Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, ESEC, Department of Education, Coimbra, Portugal;
2Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; and
3Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Delegação da Covilhã, Coimbra, Portugal
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: This work was supported by FCT project PEst-OE/EEI/LA0008/2013. The authors report no conflict of interests.
Filipe M. Clementeis 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. L. Martinsworks at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra College of Education (ESEC) and he is a Professor in the Department of Education (Mathematics and Mathematics Education) and researcher on Instituto de Telecomunicações developing projects about mathematics applied to Sports Sciences.
Rui S. Mendesworks at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra College of Education in the Sports and Physical Education Department.