The "FIFA 11+" warm-up programme for preventing injuries in soccer players: a systematic review

Alex de Andrade Fernandes, Cristiano Diniz da Silva, Israel Teoldo da Costa, João Carlos Bouzas Marins


Introduction: Soccer is among the sports with the highest injury rate. A group of international experts from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association — FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre — have developed the “FIFA 11+”, a warm-up programme whose main goal is to reduce the risk of common injuries in both male and female soccer players. Objective: To conduct a literature review in order to check the efficiency of the “FIFA 11 +” warm-up programme in preventing injuries in soccer players. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of studies in the databases MEDLINE/PubMed, SciELO, ScienceDirect and SPORTDiscus, using the following keywords in combination with one another: “injury”, “prevention” and “warm-up”. Results: Five studies met the inclusion criteria. In 4 studies, the authors conclude that the “FIFA 11 +” warm-up programme is effective for preventing injuries in soccer players. In 1 study, this protective effect was not observed. Conclusion: The analyzed studies indicate that the FIFA 11+ warm-up programme for the prevention of sports injuries show positive signs that the use of the programme may help reduce the incidence of injuries in girls aged 13–17 years. In a male children population the results are inconclusive and further research is needed.

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