Elite footballer’s competitive performance rating criteria

Teoriya i praktika fizicheskoy kultury №7 2019

PhD E.M. Kalinin1
PhD A.E. Vlasov1
V.V. Panikov1
O.V. Chigirintseva2
1Russian Football Union, Moscow
2Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University), Moscow

Competitive performance in modern football is highly sensitive to the teamwork quality with every player expected to contribute his skills and actions to the team success. It has long been analyzed by the national and foreign researchers, albeit the issue of the teamwork intensity rating still remains largely unresolved. Competitive actions in the modern football may be generally grouped by speed into walking (0-7.0 km/h); jogging (7.0-15.0 km/h); low-intensity run (15-20 km/h); high-intensity run (20-25 km/h); and sprint (25+ km/h), with the group distances usually summated per match for analyses. One of the key prerequisites for the 25+km/h sprint speed is the primary/ background speed, i.e. the higher is the background speed, the easier is the sprint speed attained. It may be also assumed that the lower is the low-intensity run total the higher is the potential for the 25+ km/h sprint intervals. This is the reason why the 20-25 km/h and 25+km/h run totals need to be given a special priority by analysis for they heavily contribute to the overall intensity of the individual match performance. We analyzed the above data of the players competing in the Russian Premier League and top-ranking international events (Champions League, European League and other tournaments with participation of the Russian national team). The analysis found the higher proportion of the 20-25 km/h and lower proportion of the 25+ km/h totals for the Russian Premier League players versus their foreign peers. Dominance of the 20-25 km/h run totals per match was found to undermine the 25+ km/h totals i.e. suppress the sprinting abilities and match totals of the Russian Premier League players.

Keywords: competitive performance, range, run, sprint, percentage, football.


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