Association of Short-Passing Ability with Athletic Performances in Youth Soccer Players


Omar BenOunis 1 , * , Abderaouf BenAbderrahman 2 , Karim Chamari 3 , Ali Ajmol 4 , Mehdi BenBrahim 5 , Amor Hammouda 5 , Mohamed-Ali Hammami 2 , Hassane Zouhal 2

1 Laboratoire des Adaptations Cardio-Circulatoires, Respiratoires, Mtaboliques et Hormonales L'exercice Musculaire, Facult de Mdecine, Tunisia

2 Laboratoire Mouvement Sport Sant. Universit Rennes 2, Campus la Harpe, Cedex France

3 Research Laboratory Sports Performance Optimization National Centre of Medicine and Science in Sports, Tunis, Tunisia

4 School of Sport and Exercise, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

5 Laboratoire de Physiologie, Facult des Sciences de Tunis, Tunisia

How to Cite: BenOunis O, BenAbderrahman A, Chamari K, Ajmol A, BenBrahim M, et al. Association of Short-Passing Ability with Athletic Performances in Youth Soccer Players, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 4(1):34529. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34529.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 4 (1); 41-48
Published Online: November 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 5, 2012
Accepted: November 10, 2012


Purpose: This study was designed to examine the relationship between multiple short-passing ability [measured using the Loughborough Soccer Passing Test (LSPT)] and athletic performances in youth soccer players.

Methods: Forty-two young soccer players (age 14.80.4years) performed the LSPT, the squat-jump (SqJ), the counter movement jump (CMJ), the 30m sprints (with 5m and 20m split times also recorded), the 15m agility run (Agility-15m), the 15m ball dribbling (Ball-15m), the Illinois agility test (IAGT) and the Yo-Yo IRT Level 1 tests.

Results: LSPT total performance (LSPT TP) showed significant positive correlation with 5m, 20m, and 30m sprint times, Agility-15m, Ball-15m and Illinois agility test (r=0.60, r=0.58, r=0.49, r=0.75, r=0.71 and r=0.72; P<0.01, respectively). Significant negative correlation were found between LSPT TP and SqJ and CMJ (r=?0.62 and r=?0.64; P<0.01, respectively). It was determined that Agility-15m, Illinois agility test and Ball-15m were the most effective factors associated with LSPT TP among other factors in multiple regression analysis.

Conclusion: This study showed that LSPT TP of young elite soccer players is determined by their agility abilities, thus enabling this test to be used for talent identification purposes.

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