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Relationship between training load and match running performance in men's soccer

  • Rui Silva1
  • Miguel Camões1,2
  • António Barbosa1
  • Georgian Badicu3
  • Hadi Nobari4,5,6
  • André Bernardo1
  • Sílvio Afonso Carvalho7
  • Tiago Sant’Ana1
  • Ricardo Lima1,2
  • Pedro Bezerra1
  • Filipe Manuel Clemente1,8

1Escola Superior Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Álvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal

2The research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal

3Department of Physical Education and Special Motricity, University Transilvania of Brasov, 500068 Brasov, Romania

4Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18009 Granada, Spain

5Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, 81746-7344 Isfahan, Iran

6HEME Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

7Associação de Futebol de Bragança, 5300-861 Bragança, Portugal

8Instituto de Telecomunicações, Delegação da Covilhã, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.082 Vol.17,Issue 4,September 2021 pp.92-98

Submitted: 25 April 2021 Accepted: 11 June 2021

Published: 30 September 2021

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exercise and sports in men: from health to sports performance)

*Corresponding Author(s): Georgian Badicu E-mail:


Objectives: The main aim of this study was to test the relationship of volume and weekly training intensities with match-running demands of professional male soccer players.

Methods: The training volume and intensity load and match demands of 18 professional soccer players (age: 20.7 ± 1.8 years) were monitored daily for 15 weeks.

Results: Match high-speed running (mHSR) and match accelerations (mACC) were found to be moderately positively correlated with weekly HSR (wtHSR) and weekly ACC volume (wtACC) (r = 0.497; p < 0.01; r = 0.367; p < 0.01), respectively. Moderate positive correlations were also found between mHSR, mACC and mHSR and mean training intensity of ACC (mtACC) (r = 0.366; p < 0.01).

Conclusions: Weekly HSR and ACC training volume and intensity have moderate associations with match HSR and ACC loads. Coaches should prioritize weekly HSR and ACC during the training process, for ensuring that players perform more HSR and ACC actions during the subsequent match.


Football; Athletic performance; Performance analysis; Sports training

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Rui Silva,Miguel Camões,António Barbosa,Georgian Badicu,Hadi Nobari,André Bernardo,Sílvio Afonso Carvalho,Tiago Sant’Ana,Ricardo Lima,Pedro Bezerra,Filipe Manuel Clemente. Relationship between training load and match running performance in men's soccer. Journal of Men's Health. 2021. 17(4);92-98.


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