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Matches without an audience. Did the advantage of being a home team disappear in football?

The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 has changed the daily lives of millions of people worldwide. Football is not away from this paralysis. After several months without matches, the competition returned and some changes were made: the players’ number for each game was extended, and the maximum number of substitutions was increased up to 5. Nevertheless, the biggest news is that the competition started to be held without an audience in the grandstands. What is the effect of playing behind closed doors? Is the field factor less critical when there are no fans pushing home teams?

The risks of returning to play in elite football after an injury

Professional football carries a high risk of injury, especially during matches. The injury rate is 7 times higher compared to training.1 In this context, having all the players healthy and ready to compete is one of the main preparation goals in top-level football. The monthly financial cost of an injury to a player from a team that participates in the Champions League is 500,000€.

Evelina Cabrera, a Barça Universitas student revolutionizing the women football scene

Meet Evelina Cabrera, a former professional football player, a current football coach and trainer, an activist transforming women’s football in Latin America, and in her spare time, a Barça Universitas student. We caught up with Evelina to talk about her studies, her on-going and future projects, and her views on the current and future situation of women’s football.

Paco Seirul·lo’s proposal to design a training session in team sports

The construction of the training session must start from a selection by the trainer of the objective to be achieved by the players. The aim is to build the session in a practical way, proposing exercises that generate learning conditions that allow athletes to improve themselves.

3 Do’s to become a better football coach.

As a coach your aim is to win matches, correct? You want your players to perform their best, don’t you? You need the team to play as if it was one entity, are we talking your language?

What does the way in which we celebrate a goal tell us?

Celebrating a goal is an excellent time to check the mental health of a team.1 Immediately after scoring a goal, the player and the team that has scored become the centre of attention of the audience and the media. The actions that football players do in those seconds of joy allow assessing a team’s internal functioning and checking cohesion among the players.

Lessons from Chinese football

Football is the most popular sport in China, followed by basketball. Chinese fans now represent the biggest number of international fans in many European leagues and clubs. This partly explains why in recent years, President Xi Jinping has expressed his preference for this sport and has drawn up a plan, together with his leaders, for his national team to match the great champions of the world.

How athletes can benefit from ice baths

Ice baths and cold-water baths have become a much talked about topic lately among athletes as well as non-athletes. The rise of personas such as Wim Hof, better known as “iceman Hof”, who has reached nearly 2 million followers on Instagram, has brought the concept of dipping oneself into a cold body of water, viral, reaching the general public.

The art of finding the right number

Whenever we see a TV program or film about statistics in sport there is nearly always a scene where we are shown a wall of numbers scrolling down the screen, sometimes on a computer monitor, other times as a special effects flow of numbers through the ether around our sporting heroes. We are told how many measurements we can make per second of the players’ heart rate, the velocity of their movement and their gaze direction. Everything is logged and monitored.

Replacing a Coach Increases the Risk of Muscle Injury

Football is a sport with a significant risk of injury.. There are constant sprints, changes of direction, unexpected events and situations involving complex coordination… We also know that there are factors that can increase the probability of suffering an injury. The players’ age, the exposure time to the stimuli of training and competitions or having previously suffered from another injury in the same body region multiply the risks.