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Samuel López-Carril and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Selection The study draws on the PTSOs of La Liga (Spain), which is probably the most prominent soccer league in the world, along with the Premier League (England). Moreover, given the detrimental effects of COVID-19 in Spain, the authors assumed that the PTSOs would be likely to undertake and then

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Sergio Jiménez-Rubio, Archit Navandar, Jesús Rivilla-García, Víctor Paredes-Hernández and Miguel-Ángel Gómez-Ruano

and movements being recorded during training and in-competition matches. Participants Players from 2 male professional teams belonging to the Spanish professional football league (La Liga) were followed during the 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018 seasons, and those who satisfied the established

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Sergio Jiménez-Rubio, Archit Navandar, Jesús Rivilla-García and Victor Paredes-Hernández

greater loads in recent years, for example, there were 25.27 (7.3) sprints per match registered in the 2013–2014 Spanish La Liga season, 23 compared with 17.3 (7.7) sprints per match registered in the 2002–2004 seasons. 24 Another possible cause cited in the literature is incomplete rehabilitation by

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Asier Los Arcos, Alberto Méndez-Villanueva, Javier Yanci and Raúl Martínez-Santos


The aim of this study was to assess the respiratory and muscular session ratings of perceived exertion (PE) after official soccer matches over an extended period of time (ie, 2 competition seasons) in relation to playing time (>20, 20–45, 45–70, and >70 min) and to determine the between-matches variability of both scores in young professional soccer players.


Forty players belonging to the same reserve team of a Spanish La Liga club participated in this study. Respiratory and muscular PE were collected 10 min after every game. A total of 841 individual PE ratings were undertaken on outfield players.


The differences between match respiratory and muscular load differ depending on the playing time, the respiratory PE being greater for the players that competed less than 45 min (effect size = –0.45 ± 0.45 for the 20- to 45-min group) and the muscular PE greater for players that played more than 45 min (effect size = 0.23 ± 0.30, for the 45- to 70-min group). Match-to-match PE variability was considerable (CV = 14–54%) for all levels of participation, but it was lower the longer the players participated.


Playing time influenced the relative exertion that players’ respiratory and leg musculature were exposed to during a game, suggesting that differential PE scores might provide a more accurate evaluation of match-imposed internal load. However, the small-magnitude differences between respiratory and muscular session ratings of PE observed in the current study might question the practical relevance of assessing both scores.

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Lauren Burch, Matthew Zimmerman and Beth Fielding Lloyd

also sport organizations’ business interests. Similar to noteworthy occurrences in other sport-related settings, political interests can intertwine with soccer clubs. Kassing’s case study on La Liga superpower FC Barcelona discusses how Barcelona’s “Mes que un club” (More than a club) motto affected

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Jeffrey W. Kassing

. On the first day of October that year, FCB took the unprecedented step of closing the largest stadium in Europe and played their regularly scheduled La Liga match against Union Deportivo Las Palmas in an empty stadium. This produced an unusual scene whereby only a handful of stewards and other club

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Bo Li and Olan Scott

professional athletes who are followed and modeled by millions of people were the subject of misinformation shared on all media outlets. On March 20, 2020, Spanish La Liga team RCD Espanyol confirmed that six members of the team (one coach and five players) had tested positive for COVID-19, including Chinese

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Javier Raya-González, Fabio Yuzo Nakamura, Daniel Castillo, Javier Yanci and Maurizio Fanchini

belonged to the same team of the Spanish La Liga Club, and they competed in the Spanish First Division Under-19 Championship. Soccer players trained 4 days per week (250–300 min) and competed once a week on the weekends. Those players who were not part of the team in at least 25 weeks were excluded from

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Cristiano D. da Silva and Ric Lovell

and technical performance in European soccer match-play: FA Premier League and La Liga . Eur J Sport Sci . 2011 ; 11 : 51 – 59 . doi:10.1080/17461391.2010.481334 10.1080/17461391.2010.481334 24. Borg G . Phychological bases of perceived exertion . Med Sci Sports Exerc . 1982 ; 14 : 377 – 381

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Paul S. Bradley and Jack D. Ade

scientifically. 9 Using the traditional approach, physical match performances have been quantified across competitions such as the English Premier League, 10 , 11 Italian Serie A, 6 , 12 Spanish La Liga, 13 French Ligue 1, 14 and German Bundesliga 15 in addition to the European Champions League 16 , 17 and