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Table 4 Comparisons of match running performance according to quality of opposition between bottom- vs. top-ranked teams during the 2020 season of the Brazilian National 2nd Division League

From: Match running performance in Brazilian professional soccer players: comparisons between successful and unsuccessful teams

Variables Bottom-ranked team Top-ranked team
vs. Bottom-level vs. Intermediate-level vs. Top-level vs. Bottom-level vs. Intermediate-level vs. Top-level
TD (m) 10075.0 (979.5) 9941.0 (1190.5) 9643.5 (1025.0) 10120.0 (1300.0) 10340.0 (1567.5)c 10,755.0 (1305.0)c
HSR (m) 991.0 (549.5) 1004.0 (541.5) 921.5 (480.5) 968.0 (664.5) 1056.0 (637.0) 1201.0 (711.5)
Number of Sprints 33.0 (16.5) 32.0 (18.0) 31.0 (16.5) 29.0 (19.5) 34.0 (20.7) 40.0 (16.5)b
High-acceleration (m) 91.0 (29.5) 88.0 (23.5) 83.5 (24.5) 90.0 (37.5) 95.0 (30.0) 107.5 (30.5)b,c
High-deceleration (m) 98.0 (26.5) 101.0 (26.0) 95.0 (24.2) 102.0 (41.5) 102.0 (36.5) 117.0 (33.0)c
  1. The data are described by the median (interquartile range) of the whole matches
  2. TD = Total distance covered; HSR = High-speed running (> 18 km h−1); High-acceleration (> 3 m s2); High-deceleration (< −3 m s2); Number of sprints (> 25 km h−1)
  3. avs. Top-level > vs. Intermediate-level (p < 0.05)
  4. bvs. Top-level > vs. Bottom-level (p < 0.05)
  5. c = Top-ranked team > Bottom-ranked team (p < 0.05)