n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Relationship between team rank order and physiological characteristics of elite, male under-18 African soccer players : sport science - : sport science

Volume 18 Number sup-1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The aims of the study were to examine the relationship between positional ranking and the technical skill ability, aerobic and anaerobic fitness of elite, male under-18 African soccer players at the end of an Inter-Africa competition. One-hundred-and-sixty-nine (n=169) elite male under-18 soccer players from eleven African countries participated in the study. Technical skill ability (dribbling, crossing, shooting and passing) was assessed using four soccer-specific tests. Aerobic and anaerobic fitness was measured through a 20-metre multi-stage shuttle run test and a repeated sprint ability test respectively. Results indicated a significant difference between the top and bottom three ranked teams in the passing and shooting skills tests. South Africa produced a statistically significant better performance in the aerobic and anaerobic fitness tests, while the top three teams combined produced only a significant better performance in the anaerobic fitness test compared to the bottom three teams. Teams with a higher level of technical skill ability and/or fitness tend to be more successful in top-level soccer.

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