SOME PHYSICAL FITNESS INDICATORS OF YOUNG ACADEMY FOOTBALL PLAYERS ACCORDING TO PLAYING POSITIONS IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Aleksandar Joksimović

Talent identification and early selection into a professional football academy have been reported to be very important for the long-term development of footballing expertise. Through football-specific research, a number of anthropometric and physical parameters have been linked to successful performance in football. The objective of the research study was to explore speed and agility tests of U15 and U16 academy football players according to playing positions, which can be used to predict their future success in football. The sample of research were 60 football players from academy in UAE (31 players age U15 and 29 players age U16), conferred by the position in the football field (playing positions) at the 4 subsamples: Goalkeepers (8), defenders (16), midfielders (20) and forwards (16).The study found out that of all the speed and agility tests assessed, the most discriminatory ones were: sprint speed 20-meter sprints. Results obtained in the testing can also contribute to control of the training process and the proper directing and selection of football players. Finally, this study allowed some normative data for football players to be established and provided a complete speed and agility picture than in earlier studies.

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