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Front. Pediatr. | doi: 10.3389/fped.2018.00040

Training effects of the FIFA 11+ Kids on physical performance in youth football players: a randomised control trial.

  • 1Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain
  • 2University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Objective: To analyse the training effects of the FIFA 11+ Kids on several parameters of physical performance in male youth football players.
Material and Methods: Twenty-three youth players were randomised within each team into two groups (control vs. intervention). The intervention group performed the FIFA 11+ Kids programme 2 times a week for 4 weeks; the control groups completed their normal warm-up routines. Thirteen physical performance measures (range of motion [hip, knee and ankle joints], dynamic postural control [measured throughout the Y-balance test], 20 m sprint time, slalom dribble with a ball, agility, vertical jumping height [counter movement jump and drop jump], horizontal jump distance, accuracy when volleying a ball [measured throughout the Wall Volley test]) were assessed. All physical performance parameters were compared via magnitude-based inference analysis.
Results: Significant between-group differences in favour of the FIFA 11+ players were found for dynamic postural control (anterior [mean and 90% confidence intervals [CI] = 1 cm, from -1.6 to 3.5 cm] and posteromedial [mean and 90% CI = 5.1 cm, from -1.8 to 12 cm] and posterolateral [mean and 90% CI = 4.8 cm, from 0.6 to 9.0 cm] distances), agility run (mean and 90% CI = 0.5 s, from -0,9 to 0 s), vertical jump height (counter movement jump [mean and 90% CI = 3.1 cm, from 0.2 to 6.1 cm] and drop jump [mean and 90% CI = 1.7 cm, from -0.5 to 3.9 cm]), and horizontal jump distance (mean and 90% CI = 2.5 cm, from -8 to 15 cm). The control groups showed better performance in 20 m sprint time (mean and 90% CI = -0.05 s, from -0.11 to 0.07) and wall volley tests (mean and 90% CI = 0.2, from -0.2 to 0.6) compared to the intervention group.
Conclusions: The main findings of this study suggest that just 4 weeks of implementation of the FIFA 11+ Kids produces improved physical performance compared with traditional warm up routines in youth soccer players.

Keywords: Youth athletes, agility, injury prevention, Jumping, Warm-up

Received: 06 Dec 2017; Accepted: 09 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Frederick R. Carrick, Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge (BCMHR-CU), United Kingdom

Reviewed by:

Giovanni Messina, University of Foggia, Italy
Kenneth Jay, KOMPIS, Denmark  

Copyright: © 2018 Pomares Noguera, Ayala Rodriguez, Robles Palazón, Alomoto Burneo, López Valenciano, López Elvira, Hernández Sánchez and De Ste Croix. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: PhD. Francisco Ayala Rodriguez, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Elche, Spain,