The effects of positional role on tactical behaviour in a four-a-side small-sided and conditioning soccer game

  • Guilherme Figueiredo Machado Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil.
  • Maickel Bach Padilha 1Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil. 2Center of Studies of Sports Games (CEJD), Center of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D) Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Sixto González-Víllora Faculdad de Educación de Cuenca, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain.
  • Filipe Manuel Clemente Escola Superior de Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Melgaço, Portugal.
  • Israel Teoldo Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil.

Abstract

In soccer different tactical functions are necessary to perform individual well, as a team. The demands of players from different positional roles can be manipulated on training through small-sided and conditioned games and tactical behaviours might be stimulated. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of positional role in tactical behaviour of U-17 youth soccer players based on core tactical principles in a four-a-side small-sided and conditioned game. The sample comprised of 268 U-17 youth Brazilian soccer players. They were divided into five positional roles: centre backs; fullbacks; defensive midfielders; offensive midfielders; and forwards. The instrument used to collect and analyse data was the System of Tactical Assessment in Soccer (FUT-SAT). Results revealed that players from different positional roles showed no differences in the quantity of tactical actions performed. Moreover, forwards showed lower quality of tactical behaviour in both the defensive phase and in actions far from the ball that ensures team cohesion in the defensive phase compared to fullbacks. This study showed that the four-a-side format allows U-17 players to perform a similar quantity of tactical actions regardless of their positional role, but the player’s positional role influence their quality of tactical behaviour. Therefore, this structure might be used for trainings that promotes similar tasks and stimuli for players’ development that do not focus on specific tactical roles.

Author Biographies

Guilherme Figueiredo Machado, Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil.

Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Departamento de Educação Física

Av. P. H. Rolfs, S/N

Campus Universitário

Post Code: 36.570-900, Viçosa, Brazil

e-mail: machado.guilhermef@gmail.com

+55 (31) 3899-2251

Maickel Bach Padilha, 1Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil. 2Center of Studies of Sports Games (CEJD), Center of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D) Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer  

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Departamento de Educação Física

Av. P. H. Rolfs, S/N

Campus Universitário

Post Code: 36.570-900, Viçosa, Brazil

e-mail: maickel.bpadilha@gmail.com

+351 918 329 542

Sixto González-Víllora, Faculdad de Educación de Cuenca, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain.

Universidad Castilla-La Mancha

Faculdad de Educación de Cuenca

Campus de Cuenca, Camino Pozuelo, s/n

Post Code: 16071 Cuenca, Spain

e-mail: Sixto.Gonzalez@uclm.es

+34 969 179 100

Filipe Manuel Clemente, Escola Superior de Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Melgaço, Portugal.

Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo

Escola Superior de Desporto e Lazer

Number 320

Post Code: 4960 Melgaço, Portugal

e-mail: Filipe.clemente5@gmail.com

+351 258 809 678

Israel Teoldo, Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer (NUPEF), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil.

Centre of Research and Studies in Soccer

Universidade Federal de Viçosa

Departamento de Educação Física

Av. P. H. Rolfs, S/N

Campus Universitário

Post Code: 36.570-900, Viçosa, Brazil

e-mail: israel.teoldo@ufv.br

+55 (31) 3899-2251

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