Adapting Competition in Beginners’ Football: A Comparative Study of 3-a-side Football and 5-a-side Football in the Under-eights

Daniel Lapresa

Javier Arana

Belén Garzón Echevarría

Román Egüén García

Mario Amatria

*Corresponding author: Daniel Lapresa Ajamil daniel.lapresa@unirioja.es

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Lapresa Ajamil, D., Arana Idiakez, J., Garzón Echevarría, B., Egüén García, R., & Amatria Jiménez, M. (2010). Adapting Competition in Beginners’ Football: A Comparative Study of 3-a-side Football and 5-a-side Football in the Under-eights. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 101, 43-56.

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Abstract

The focus of our research is adapting sport to children. This paper seeks to suggest how children should be introduced to competition when beginning football. The observational methodology uses descriptive statistics as the general framework and the identification of temporary patterns for specific examples, and compares the technical and tactical development of under-eights in existing 5-a-side football and alternative 3-a-side football. It concludes that 3-a-side football is more appropriate for the real possibilities of under-eights.

Keywords: 3-a-Side Football, 5-a-Side Football, Adjustment, Children, Metodología Observacional, Observational Methodology, Sport.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: June 7, 2008

Accepted: September 9, 2008

Published: July 01, 2010