Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 247–253 | Cite as

Specific futsal training program can improve the physical performance of futsal players

  • Ricardo Augusto BarbieriEmail author
  • Alessandro Moura Zagatto
  • Fabio Milioni
  • Fabio Augusto Barbieri
Original Article



This study investigated the effects of 12-week of specific futsal training on body composition, oxygen uptake (VO2max), anaerobic capacity, and agility of male semi-professional futsal players.


Thirteen athletes were subjected to a 12-week program of specific training for futsal with the external load of sessions prescribed from rated perceived exertion. VO2max, agility, anaerobic index, and body composition were assessed before and after the 12-week training program.


The main findings were that the 12-week training period was able to significantly reduce the fat percentage of body composition (−7.5 %) and to improve the agility (3.9 %), aerobic capacity (>7 %), and anaerobic index (6–25 %).


Based on these results, it can be concluded that a 12-week program of specific training for futsal with the external load of sessions prescribed from rated perceived exertion can significantly improve the body composition, agility and aerobic and anaerobic capacity of semi-professional futsal players.


Aerobic capacity Repeated sprints External load control Agility Body composition 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Ethical Committee of UNESP Universidade Estadual Paulista, (Ref. 7828) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Augusto Barbieri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandro Moura Zagatto
    • 2
  • Fabio Milioni
    • 1
  • Fabio Augusto Barbieri
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physical EducationUNESP- Univ Estadual PaulistaRio ClaroBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Physical EducationUNESP- Univ Estadual PaulistaBauruBrazil

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