Activity profiles in U17, U20 and senior women’s Brazilian National soccer teams during international competitions: Are there meaningful differences?

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare locomotor activity profiles of Brazilian top-class female soccer players competing at distinct age brackets (U17, U20, and Senior). External match load of 14 U17, 14 U20, and 17 Senior female soccer players competing in 6-7 full official international matches were assessed using global positioning systems (GPS). Total distance covered, distance covered in high intensity (HID:15.6-20 km.h-1), distance covered in sprints (sprint:>20 km.h-1), number of accelerations (Acc)>1 m.s-2, decelerations (Dec) >-1 m.s-2, and Player Load® generally increased across the age brackets (U17

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