EXAMINATION OF SOME PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL PARAMETERS OF SOCCER PLAYERS IN TERMS OF THEIR POSITIONS
Aim of this study is to find out the differences between linear sprint speed with and without ball (10, 20m), HUFA pace and rapidity test with and without ball, reactive agility and technical test with and without ball parameters among playing positions (Defence, Midfield and Forward) of soccer players aged between 11 to 16. Forty-one amateur soccer players voluntarily participated to the study. Measurements of the study were conducted in the order of body composition, 10 and 20 meter sprint tests (with and without ball), HUFA test (with and without ball), reactive change of direction (without ball) - reactive dribbling (with ball) tests and reactive agility (without ball) - reactive technique (with ball) tests. Findings of the study revealed statistically significant difference between Defence and Midfield players (p<0.05), and heights and weights of Defence players were found to be higher than Midfield players. In addition, dribbling test with ball (HUFA) results of Midfield players and Forward players had significant differences (p<0.05) as well, and Forward players displayed better performance. Deriving from the data gathered from the study, it was found out that duration of 10-metre-dribbling pass with ball was statistically higher for Forward players than Midfielders. Reasons for not having statistically significant differences in other tests are thought to cause from lack of position-based exercising for soccer players aged between 11 to 16 and trainers’ having different criteria in terms of leading players to appropriate positions.