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International Journal of Physiology, Exercise and Physical Education

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part B (2024)

A comparative analysis of soccer skills: Indian players vs. foreigner players

Author(s):

Dr. Arun Kumar and Sikander Singh

Abstract:

This study evaluates and compares the soccer skills of Indian and foreigner players studying at Guru Kashi University. Using a comparative cross-sectional design, data were collected from 60 soccer players, equally divided between Indian and foreign participants. Purposive sampling ensured that all participants had been actively training for at least one year. Soccer skills were assessed using standardized tests: the McDonald Soccer Test for trapping, the Long Kick Test for kicking and the Receiving and Passing Test for passing.
Results indicate significant differences between the two groups. Foreign players demonstrated superior performance in most skills. For chest trapping, foreign players had a mean score of 8.63 (SD=0.96) compared to 6.03 (SD=1.47) for Indian players, yielding a t-value of 4.38, indicating statistical significance. In instep trapping, foreign players scored 8.7 (SD=0.93) versus 5.66 (SD=0.76) for Indian players, with a highly significant t-value of 9.21. Receiving and passing also showed significant differences, with foreign players scoring 5.43 (SD=0.62) against 2.73 (SD=1.14) for Indian players (t-value of 2.31). However, the difference in long kick performance, though higher for foreign players (mean=6.76, SD=1.19) compared to Indian players (mean=2.9, SD=1.27), was not statistically significant (t-value of 1.39).
The findings suggest that while Indian players at Guru Kashi University have a solid foundation in trapping skills, there is a substantial need for improvement in kicking and passing abilities to match the proficiency of their foreign counterparts. This highlights the potential for targeted training interventions to elevate the overall skill levels of Indian soccer players.

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International Journal of Physiology, Exercise and Physical Education
How to cite this article:
Dr. Arun Kumar and Sikander Singh. A comparative analysis of soccer skills: Indian players vs. foreigner players. Int. J. Physiol. Exercise Phys. Educ. 2024;6(1):94-97. DOI: 10.33545/26647249.2024.v6.i1b.100
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