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Fizička kultura
2016, vol. 70, iss. 2, pp. 164-171
article language: English, Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 01/12/2016
doi: 10.5937/fizkul1602164R
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Sensitivity of the speed evaluation tests of carrying the ball in youth soccer players
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sports and Physical Education

e-mail: aleksandar.jankovic


This research is aimed at examining sensitivity of the speed evaluation tests while carrying the ball. The research included 76 male examinees, aged 17 years (+/- 6 months), who were divided into two qualitatively different subgroups. For determining the speed while carrying the ball, the tests of M type of carrying the ball between cones and slalom ball carrying with a pass were performed. The obtained results proved that the examinees from the group of more successful soccer players (Group 1) scored better on the applied tests when compared to the results of the group consisting of the soccer players from lower ranked clubs and who are not national team members (Group 2). High values of the result homogeneity in the two groups (for the Groups 1 and 2 it was 75% and 68.75% respectively) lead to the conclusion that this ability is essential characteristics of young soccer players. The coefficient of discrimination of 0.269 for the results of M type test and 0.197 for the results of the test of carrying the ball with a pass indicate that the results of the two tests provide possibility to qualitatively distinguish youth players. Therefore, it can be concluded that as a technical element, carrying the ball significantly affects the quality of players' performance.


soccer; soccer technique; carrying the ball; speed; youth soccer


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