Casamichana, D.; Castellano, J.; Dellal, A (2013). Kinematic profile in fiendly matches of semiprofesional soccer players. Journal of Sport and Health Research. 5(3):283-294.



The aims of this study were (1) to describe the kinematic profile of semi-professional soccer players using GPS technology; and (2) to determine whether the profile differs according to the player’s position on the pitch. Twenty semi-professional soccer players, classified into five playing positions (CD= central defenders, FB= full backs, CM= central midfielders, WM= wide midfielders, AM= attacking midfielder and CF= centre forward), were monitored during seven pre-season friendly games (n = 46 recordings). The ANOVA indicated that (1) CF (4675 m) cover less distance than CM (5357 m), AM (5369 m) and WM (5360 m), and the last greater than CD (4834 m; p<0.05, ES = 1.84); (2) the latter group of players (CM, AM and WM) cover the least distances in the very high-intensity running (VHIR) category; (3) More VHIR are made by those who play towards the wings (full backs and wide midfielders); and (4) attacking midfielders make the highest number of accelerations and high-intensity actions. The results of this study can be used to optimise specific training programmes




Soccer, GPS technology, time-motion analysis, positional differences


Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009