The effect of acute caffeine ingestion on physical performance in elite European competitive soccer match-play

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Ryland Morgans
David Rhodes
Patrick Orme
Eduard Bezuglov
Rocco Di Michele
Jose Teixeira
Rafael Oliveira


The present study examined the effect of acute caffeine ingestion (150 mg) on the physical performance of elite European soccer players during official competitive match-play. The current investigation was a parallel-group design that collated data from a cohort of 19 male outfield players from an elite European soccer team (mean ± SD, age 26 ± 4 years; weight 80.5 ± 8.1 kg; height 1.83 ± 0.07 m; body-fat 10.8 ± 0.7%). Players were classified and matched by position and grouped accordingly: centre defender (CD) n = 5, wide defender (WD) n = 3, centre midfield (CM) n = 7, wide forward (WF) n = 2, and centre forward (CF) n = 2. For all performance variables, the mean values were compared in caffeine consumers vs. non consumers using independent-sample t-tests, with significance set at p < .05. Cohen’s d was used to quantify the effect size, and was interpreted as trivial (<0.2), small (0.2-0.5), medium (0.5-0.8), and large (>0.8). For all examined variables, there were trivial or small non-significant (p > .05) trivial or small differences between caffeine consumers and non-consumers. The findings of the present research did not confirm the study hypothesis, once running and accelerometry-based variables did not improve with the caffeine ingestion of 150 mg. Therefore, the caffeine supplement used in this study is not suggested for improving performance in the variables analysed.

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Morgans, R., Rhodes, D., Orme, P., Bezuglov, E., Di Michele, R., Teixeira, J., & Oliveira, R. (2023). The effect of acute caffeine ingestion on physical performance in elite European competitive soccer match-play. Scientific Journal of Sport and Performance, 2(3), 402–409.
Performance Analysis of Sport and Physical Conditioning
Author Biographies

Ryland Morgans, University of Central Lancashire

Football Performance Hub.

Department of Sports Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation. Sechenov First State Medical University. Moscow, Russia Federation.

David Rhodes, University of Central Lancashire

Football Performance Hub.

Patrick Orme, Bristol City FC

Sport Science and Medical Department.

Eduard Bezuglov, Sechenov First State Medical University

Department of Sports Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation.

Rocco Di Michele, University of Bologna

Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences.

Jose Teixeira, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development.

Department of Sport and Physical Education.

Polytechnic Institute of Guarda.

Rafael Oliveira, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém

Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development.

Sports Science School of Rio Maior–Polytechnic Institute of Santarém.

Life Quality Research Centre.


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