What they found
- Individual playing area ranged from 79 to 94 m2 and varied with the playing zone.
- Length to width ratio of the areas ranged between 1:1 and 1:1.3. Length to width ratio was 1:1 in zones 1, 2, 5 & 6 and 1:1.3 in zones 3 and 4.
These findings may help the coaches to apply more specific small-sided games that will more closely mimic real game situations.
Points to remember
These finding have been derived from 1) four matches with five teams only, 2) teams with a specific style of play.
Fradua et al. Designing small-sided games for training tactical aspects in soccer: extrapolating pitch sizes from full-size professional matches. Journal of Sport Science, 2012; Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print]