The application of soccer performance testing protocols to the non-elite player

J. Siegler, R. Robergs, H. Weingart

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Aim. The application of performance testing for the evaluation of non-elite soccer players has received little attention. The purpose of this investigation was to use tests developed for elite soccer players to evaluate performance in non-elite soccer players and compare performance test results between elite (literature) and non-elite (data) players. Methods. Thirteen male soccer players volunteered to participate. The tests included a treadmill V̇O 2max test, 20 m sprint, vertical jump (VJ), 30 s Wingate cycle ergometer test, the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST), and 2 20-m multi-stage shuttle runs to exhaustion (fatigue test). Actual V̇O 2max (absolute and relative) scores were correlated with the estimated V̇O2max scores (fatigue test), 20 m sprint, VJ, and 30 s Wingate using a Pearson's product-moment correlation. A paired t-test was conducted on the fatigue test trials. Results. Non-significant relationships were observed between actual V̇O2max scores and estimated V̇O2max from the fatigue test (absolute and relative terms). Non-significant relationships were also observed between peak and average power output (Wingate), 20 m sprint, and VJ. Mean heart rates (HRs) throughout the LIST was 165±7 bpm, which represented 88% of HRmax. Conclusion. The results of this study demonstrate that to elicit physiological differences between elite and non-elite players, assessment must include both an aerobic and anaerobic component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Endurance
  • Fitness
  • Power
  • Soccer
  • Tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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