Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807     DOI: 10.18276/cej.2016.4-11
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Lista wydań / Vol. 16, No. 4/2016
Maximum Locomotor Speed of the Best Football Players at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Autorzy: Łukasz Bojkowski
Division of Physical Activity and Health Promotion Science, University School of Physical Education, Poznań, Poland

Robert Śliwowski
Division of Theory and Methodology of Team Sport Games, University School of Physical Education, Poznań, Poland

Andrzej Wieczorek
Division of Theory and Methodology of Team Sport Games, University School of Physical Education, Poznań, Poland
Słowa kluczowe: World Cup football speed
Rok wydania:2016
Liczba stron:8 (103-110)
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In comprehensive preparation of a player to football competition special attention is paid to his predispositions in terms of speed abilities. Therefore, the authors’ objective was to analyse maximum locomotor speed of players of the four best national teams competing during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, including specifying the differences in terms of speeds of these national teams and players in corresponding playing positions of individual teams. The analysis used data obtained using the Castrol Performance Index, a kinematic method and in order to present significance of differences between the studied teams and playing positions one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed. The study showed that the mean maximum running speed of the players of the four best teams of the World Cup was 8.34 metres/ second. The mean maximum locomotive speed of the defenders in semi-finalist teams of the tournament was 8.29 m/s, while the midfielders’ speed was – 8.16 m/s, the forwards’ – 8.48 m/s and the goalkeepers’ – 7.40 m/s. The players who had a maximum speed of 9 m/s or more were the Dutchman Ron Vlaar (9.16 m/s) and the Argentines José María Basanta (9.09 m/s) and Ángel Di Maria (9.17 m/s). There is no significant difference between the world’s best teams, including between their corresponding playing positions, in the level of maximum running speeds determining the dynamics of the game.
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