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A comparison of physical and technical match performance of a team competing in the English championship league and then the English premier league following promotion
International journal of sports science and coaching
  • Ryland Morgans, Liverpool Football Club
  • David Adams, University of South Wales
  • Richard Mullen, University of South Wales
  • Joao Sacramento, AS Monaco
  • Chris McLellan, Bond University
  • Morgan Williams, The University of New South Wales
Date of this Version
12-1-2015
Document Type
Journal Article
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Morgans R., Adams D., Mullen R., Sacramento J., McLellan C., & Williams M. (2015). A comparison of physical and technical match performance of a team competing in the english championship league and then the english premier league following promotion. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 10(2-3), 543-549. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.10.2-3.543.

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Abstract

The changes in match demands when a team is promoted from the English Championship League (ECL) to the English Premier League (EPL) remain unknown. To date, estimates of between-league differences are made using different teams. This study explores differences in physical and technical performance of players who competed in the ECL and then the EPL following promotion. Although total distance covered over the season was the only measure to significantly differ (p = 0.0001) between the ECL and EPL, the 3% increase in total distance in the EPL was deemed practically non-significant. In the EPL, players had an extra 57 ± 6 hours (p = 0.0002) between matches, yet this had little affect on total, sprint and high intensity distances. In summary, higher league standard may not require greater physical capacity and developing a tactical strategy to suit the ability of players that is sustainable across leagues is important.

Citation Information
Ryland Morgans, David Adams, Richard Mullen, Joao Sacramento, et al.. "A comparison of physical and technical match performance of a team competing in the English championship league and then the English premier league following promotion" International journal of sports science and coaching Vol. 10 Iss. 2-3 (2015) p. 543 - 549 ISSN: 1747-9541
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chris_mclellan/18/