Nicolai Re, Alessandro H.
Cattuzzo, Maria Teresa
Henrique, Rafael dos Santos
Stodden, David F.
Total Authors: 4
 Univ Sao Paulo, Phys Educ & Hlth, Ave Arlindo Bettio 1000, BR-03828000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
 Univ Pernambuco, Sch Phys Educ, Recife, PE - Brazil
 Univ South Carolina, Phys Educ & Athlet Training, Columbia, SC - USA
Total Affiliations: 3
JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES;
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This study examined the relative contribution of age, stage of puberty, anthropometric characteristics, health-related fitness, soccer-specific tests and match-related technical performance to variance in involvements with the ball during recreational 5-a-side small-sided (32x15m) soccer matches. Using a cross-sectional design, 80 healthy male students (14.6 +/- 0.5years of age; range 13.6-15.4) who played soccer recreationally were randomly divided into 10 teams and played against each other. Measurements included height, body mass, pubertal status, health-related fitness (12-min walk/run test, standing long jump, 15-m sprint and sit-ups in 30s), soccer-specific tests (kicking for speed, passing for accuracy and agility run with and without a ball), match-related technical performance (kicks, passes and dribbles) and involvements with the ball during matches. Forward multiple regression analysis revealed that cardiorespiratory fitness (12-min walk/run test) accounted for 36% of the variance in involvements with the ball. When agility with the ball (zigzag running) and power (standing long jump) were included among the predictors, the total explained variance increased to 62%. In conclusion, recreational adolescent players, regardless of their soccer-specific skills, may increase participation in soccer matches most through physical activities that promote improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle power and agility. (AU)