Table 7

 Soccer-specific skills (mean±SD) of elite, sub-elite and non-elite players by age group

Under 13Under 14
Elite (n = 45)Sub-elite (n = 25)Non-elite (n = 36)Elite (n = 31)Sub-elite (n = 38)Non-elite (n = 41)
Lobbing (points)20.8±4.5a21.7±4.2a16.1±5.3b22.5±3.1a22.0±3.3a19.4±5.1b
Dribbling (s)18.1±1.3a18.9±2.2a,b19.4±1.9b17.5±1.7a17.9±1.1a19.3±2.4b
Shooting (points)23.2±2.423.0±3.022.0±3.023.5±2.523.6±2.422.4±2.2
Juggling (n)80.2±59.3a58.4±46.5a,b34.2±35.4b101.9±62.0a94.1±57.2a40.3±35.5b
Under 15Under 16
Elite (n = 38)Sub-elite (n = 24)Non-elite (n = 36)Elite (n = 34)Sub-elite (n = 14)Non-elite (n = 15)
Means in the same row for the same age category having the same subscript are not significantly different at p<0.05.
Lobbing (points)23.1±3.2a24.5±2.8a20.2±4.3b23.1±4.619.1±6.021.0±5.7
Dribbling (s)17.1±1.1a17.4±1.3a19.3±2.2b16.5±1.3a17.2±0.8a,b17.4±1.1b
Shooting (points)23.8±2.5a23.8±1.9a,b22.4±2.6b23.8±2.722.5±4.321.7±3.4
Juggling (n)117.4±52.0a105.3±59.5a59.5±57.2b135.9±59.4115.2±63.999.6±70.4