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Periodization based on Small-sided Soccer Games: Theoretical considerations

Clemente, F.M.C. ; Martins, F. ; Mendes, R.

Strength and Conditioning Vol. 37, Nº 1, pp. 1 - 21, February, 2015.

ISSN (print): 1524-1602
ISSN (online): 1533-4295

Journal Impact Factor: 0,772 (in 2013)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000067

Small-sided games are training activities based on the official game. These games are usually used in soccer training to develop elements of physiological, physical, technical and tactical performance. In the last decade, many studies have been carried out to investigate the influence of small-sided games on physiological responses. Nevertheless, few studies have attempted to analyze the physiological effects or provide methodological considerations for training periodization. Thus, the aim of this paper is to review the general effects of small-sided games in terms of physiological responses. As a result a small review was developed to consider some methodological considerations to implement in soccer training. Finally, an example was proposed of a week spent carrying out soccer microcycles and orientations in order to adopt small-sided games for each session.
Key-words: Sports Training; Periodization; Small-sided games; Soccer.