Table 2

 Number of training sessions and matches, and exposure to football during the 2001–2002 season (July 2001 to May 2002)

World Cup players (n = 65)Non-World Cup players (n = 201)
Mean (SD)95% CIMean (SD)95% CIp Value
Training sessions
    No/player181 (35)173 to 190171 (59)163 to 179NS
Matches
    No/player46 (13)43 to 4933 (16)30 to 35<0.001
Exposure (hours/player)
    Total293 (50)281 to 305252 (86)240 to 264<0.01
    Training234 (42)224 to 245214 (72)204 to 224NS
    Matches59 (20)54 to 6438 (21)36 to 41<0.001