Actividades de alta intensidad en la Copa del Mundo de Fútbol de 2018

  1. Martín-Simón, Miguel Ángel 1
  2. Rojano Ortega, Daniel 2
  1. 1 Escuelas Francesas S.A.L., España
  2. 2 Universidad Pablo de Olavide, España
riccafd: Revista Iberoamericana de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte

ISSN: 2255-0461

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Pages: 131-140

Type: Article

DOI: 10.24310/RICCAFD.2022.V11I1.14117 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the differences in the high intensity physical performance parameters, between the best and the worst teams of the 2018 Soccer World Cup. The distance covered at 20-25 km/h, the distance covered at > 25 km/h, the top speed, and the total number of sprints were analyzed. No significant differences between groups were found, except for the top speed in the quarter-final round, which indicates that, regarding elite soccer teams, the success of a soccer match relies mainly in technical and tactical strategies. However, most high intensity performance parameters were higher in the best group, especially in the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, suggesting that the top speed achieved by the players during the match and the distance covered at speeds > 25km/h may also play an important role, particularly when the level of fatigue is not very high.

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