Influence of intense training cycle and psychometric status on technical and physiological aspects performed during the small-sided games in soccer players

Res Sports Med. 2018 Oct-Dec;26(4):401-412. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2018.1492398. Epub 2018 Jul 3.


The study investigated the effect of intense training cycle (IT) of early season preparation period (SPP) and psychological status on technical and physiological parameters during small-sided games (SSG) and the relationships between these variables. Sixteen professional soccer players participated in the study (mean±SD: age: 24.5±4.1). Training load (TL), Total quality recovery (TQR) and well-being indices were performed daily. TL increased progressively (%TL=31.56 [AU]). Physiological variables did not change after IT and were not influenced by well-being indices and TQR. Technical aspects were negatively altered after IT (p<0.05). TL was significantly correlated with successful passes (r=-0.57, p=0.02), interceptions (r=-0.83, p<0.001) and lost balls (r=0.73, p=0.002). Well-being and TQR were related to successful passes, interceptions and lost passes [(r=-0.55, p=0.03; r=-0.75, p=0.001; r=-0.69, p=0.004); (r=0.54, p=0.03; r=-0.76, p=0.001; r=-0.69, p=0.004), respectively]. TL, Well-being indices and TQR represent a useful strategy for coaches to control technical aspects in soccer players during SPP.

Keywords: Training load; psychometric; small sided game; technical aspects; training cycles.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletes
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Athletic Performance / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Conditioning, Human*
  • Psychometrics*
  • Soccer / physiology*
  • Soccer / psychology*
  • Young Adult