Table 1

List of the top 50 most-cited articles in football

RankingAuthorsYearTitleJournalCitations (n)
1Arendt et al 1995Knee injury patterns among men and women in collegiate basketball and soccer. NCAA data and review of literature Am J Sports Med 869
2Mohr et al 2003Match performance of high-standard soccer players with special reference to development of fatigue J Sports Sci 737
3Stølen et al 2005Physiology of soccer—an update Sports Med 701
4Lohmander et al 2004High prevalence of knee osteoarthritis, pain, and functional limitations in female soccer players twelve years after anterior cruciate ligament injury Arthritis Rheum 689
5Bangsbo et al 1991Activity profile of competition soccer Can J Sport Sci 514
6Helgerud et al 2001Aerobic endurance training improves soccer performance Med Sci Sports Exerc 507
7Mandelbaum et al 2005Effectiveness of a neuromuscular and proprioceptive training programme in preventing anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes—2 year follow-up Am J Sports Med 499
8Krustrup et al 2003The Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test: physiological response, reliability, and validity Med Sci Sports Exerc 471
9Ekin et al 2003Automatic soccer video analysis and summarization IEEE Trans Image Process 423
10Bangsbo et al 2008The Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test—a useful tool for evaluation of physical performance in intermittent sports Sports Med 419
Reilly et al 2000Anthropometric and physiological predispositions for elite soccer J Sports Sci 419
12Caraffa et al 1996Prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in soccer. A prospective controlled study of proprioceptive training Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 400
13von Porat et al 2004High prevalence of osteoarthritis 14 years after an anterior cruciate ligament tear in male soccer players: a study of radiographic and patient relevant outcomes Ann Rheum Dis 396
14Agel et al 2005Anterior cruciate ligament injury in national collegiate athletic association basketball and soccer—a 13 year review Am J Sports Med 390
15Impellizzeri et al 2004Use of RPE-based training load in soccer Med Sci Sports Exerc 383
16Wisløff et al 2004Strong correlation of maximal squat strength with sprint performance and vertical jump height in elite soccer players Br J Sports Med 381
17di Salvo et al 2007Performance characteristics according to playing position in elite soccer Int J Sports Med 377
18Fuller et al 2006Consensus statement on injury definitions and data collection procedures in studies of football (soccer) injuries Br J Sports Med 373
19Reilly et al 2000A multidisciplinary approach to talent identification in soccer J Sports Sci 359
20Bangsbo et al 2006Physical and metabolic demands of training and match-play in the elite football player J Sports Sci 352
Hawkins et al 2001The association football medical research programme: an audit of injuries in professional football Br J Sports Med 352
22Woods et al 2004The football association medical research programme: an audit of injuries in professional football—analysis of hamstring injuries Br J Sports Med 351
Ekblom1986Applied physiology of soccer Sports Med 351
24Beilock et al 2002When paying attention becomes counterproductive: impact of divided vs skill-focused attention on novice and experienced performance of sensorimotor skills J Exp Psychol Appl 349
25Hawkins et al 1999A prospective epidemiological study of injuries in four English professional football clubs Br J Sports Med 325
26Arendt et al 1999Anterior cruciate ligament injury patterns among collegiate men and women J Athl Train 320
27Ekstrand et al 1983Soccer injuries and their mechanisms: a prospective study Med Sci Sports Exerc 312
28Krustrup et al 2006Muscle and blood metabolites during a soccer game: implications for sprint performance Med Sci Sports Exerc 310
29Bangsbo1994The physiology of soccer—with special reference to intense intermittent exercise. Acta Physiol Scand 305
30Impellizzeri et al 2006Physiological and performance effects of generic versus specific aerobic training in soccer players Int J Sports Med 300
Askling et al 2003Hamstring injury occurrence in elite soccer players after preseason strength training with eccentric overload Scand J Med Sci Sports 300
32Ekstrand et al 2011Injury incidence and injury patterns in professional football: the UEFA injury study Br J Sports Med 296
33Rampinini et al 2007Variation in top level soccer match performance Int J Sports Med 294
34Williams et al 2000Talent identification and development in soccer J Sports Sci 291
35Savelsbergh et al 2002Visual search, anticipation and expertise in soccer goalkeepers J Sports Sci 278
36Croisier et al 2008Strength imbalances and prevention of hamstring injury in professional soccer players—a prospective study Am J Sports Med 273
37Lian et al 2005Prevalence of jumper’s knee among elite athletes from different sports—a cross-sectional study Am J Sports Med 272
38Alentorn-Geli et al 2009Prevention of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries in soccer players. Part 1: mechanisms of injury and underlying risk factors Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 269
39Prodromos et al 2007A meta-analysis of the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament tears as a function of gender, sport, and a knee injury-reduction regimen Arthroscopy 268
40Ekstrand et al 2011Epidemiology of muscle injuries in professional football (soccer) Am J Sports Med 267
41Rampinini et al 2007Factors influencing physiological responses to small-sided soccer games J Sports Sci 266
42Dehaven et al 1986Athletic injuries: comparison by age, sport, and gender Am J Sports Med 265
43Kujala et al 1995Knee osteoarthritis in former runners, soccer players, weight lifters, and shooters Arthritis Rheum 262
44Krustrup et al 2005Physical demands during an elite female soccer game: importance of training status Med Sci Sports Exerc 261
45di Salvo et al 2009Analysis of high intensity activity in premier league soccer Int J Sports Med 259
46Heidt et al 2000Avoidance of soccer injuries with preseason conditioning Am J Sports Med 253
47Bradley et al 2009High-intensity running in English FA Premier League soccer matches J Sports Sci 252
Rampinini et al 2009Technical performance during soccer matches of the Italian Serie A league: effect of fatigue and competitive level J Sci Med Sport 252
Wisløff et al 1998Strength and endurance of elite soccer players Med Sci Sports Exerc 252
50Rampinini et al 2007Validity of simple field tests as indicators of match-related physical performance in top-level professional soccer players Int J Sports Med 251