SPARQ Testing for Soccer
Do you have what it takes to be a football or soccer player? The SPARQ is a rating system designed to measure sport-specific athleticism. The results from these tests are combined and weighted using a formula specific to soccer. This protocol is currently used by the US women's team.
SPARQ Boys and Girls Soccer Testing Protocols
- Body mass — used with the vertical jump result to calculate a leg power score.
- Standing Vertical Jump — a measure of leg explosive power.
- 20-meter sprint — maximal running speed over 20m.
- Arrowhead Agility — this agility test quantifies a soccer player’s ability to quickly switch directions.
- Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery — ability to repeatedly perform intervals over a prolonged period of time.
SPARQ Soccer Self-Test
There is also a SPARQ Self-Test Kit, which includes a stop watch, measuring tape, six cones and a notepad to record results along with an instructional booklet and DVD on how to conduct each test. The tests included are the same as above: Body Mass, Vertical Jump, 20m Sprint, Arrowhead Agility and Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test.
Previous Test Protocols
The following tests were once part of the assessments in the Soccer SPARQ, but have been superseded by the tests described above.
- One Step Vertical Jump — jumping for maximum height, this test measures explosiveness, and is a reliable indicator of speed. Requiring a single step approach, this test is best measured using a Vertec though other methods may be used.
- 30 Meter Dash — measures linear running speed and sprint technique
- 30 Second Endurance Jump — measures agility and lower body strength endurance
- Overhead Power Ball Throw — measures core strength and total body power (boys use a 3kg ball, girls and youth use 2kg)
- Compass Drill — measures body control, lateral speed and ability to change directions. Also called the Agility Cone Drill.
- about the SPARQ Rating System
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