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dc.contributor.authorJukic, I.
dc.contributor.authorPrnjak, K.
dc.contributor.authorZoellner, Anja
dc.contributor.authorTufano, J.J.
dc.contributor.authorSekulic, D.
dc.contributor.authorSalaj, S.
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the differences in fundamental motor skills (FMSs) and specific conditioning capacities (SCCs) between a coach’s classification of first team (FT) and second team (ST) U10 soccer players and examined the most important qualities based on how the coach differentiates them. The FT (n = 12; Mage = 9.72 ± 0.41) and ST (n = 11; Mage = 9.57 ± 0.41) soccer players were assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2, standing long jump, sit and reach, diverse sprints, and the 20 m multistage fitness test (MSFT). The coach’s subjective evaluation of players was obtained using a questionnaire. No significant differences existed between the FT and ST in any variables (p > 0.05). However, large and moderate effect sizes were present in favour of the FT group in locomotor skills (d = 0.82 (0.08, 1.51)), gross motor quotient (d = 0.73 (0.00, 1.41)), height (d = 0.61 (−0.12, 1.29)), MSFT (d = 0.58 (−0.14, 1.25)), and maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) (d = 0.55 (−0.17, 1.22)). Furthermore, the coach perceived the FT group as having greater technical and tactical qualities relative to ST players. This suggests that it might be more relevant for players of this age to develop good FMS connected to technical skills, before focusing on SCC. Therefore, it might be beneficial for soccer coaches to emphasize the development of FMSs due to their potential to identify talented young soccer players and because they underpin the technical soccer skills that are required for future soccer success.en_NZ
dc.publisherMDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)en_NZ
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly citeden_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand*
dc.subjectsoccer playersen_NZ
dc.subjectmotor developmenten_NZ
dc.subjectyouth athletesen_NZ
dc.subjectphysical capacitiesen_NZ
dc.subjecttalent identificationen_NZ
dc.titleThe importance of fundamental motor skills in identifying differences in performance levels of U10 soccer playersen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holder© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerlanden_NZ
dc.subject.marsden1106 Human Movement and Sports Scienceen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJukic, I., Prnjak, K., Zoellner, A.., Tufano, J. J., Sekulic, D. & Salaj, S.(2019). The Importance of Fundamental Motor Skills in Identifying Differences in Performance Levels of U10 Soccer Players. Sports, 7(7), 178. doi:10.3390/sports7070178en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationSport Performance Research Institute New Zealanden_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Zagreben_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationCharles University in Pragueen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Spliten_NZ
unitec.publication.placeBasel, Switzerlanden_NZ

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