Effects of ambient temperature on physical and physiological demands and player’s judgment ability assessed by a football-specific fatigue-inducing protocols

A systematic review


  • Alberto Pompeo Lusófona University, Brazil
  • Everton Cirillo State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil
  • Júlio Costa Portuguese Football Federation, Portugal
  • José Vilaça-Alves University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Andrew Mark Williams University of Utah, United States
  • Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo University Andres Bello, Chile
  • José Afonso Neves University of Porto, Portugal
  • Filipe Casanova Lusófona University, Portugal




Soccer, Decision-Making, Environment, Heat, Evaluation


We systematically reviewed the effect of ambient temperature on football players’ performance during a football-specific fatigue protocol. Data sources: Cochrane Library, PubMed, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, Web of Science. Eligibility criteria followed the P.I.C.O.S. approach: (i) Healthy football players regardless of sex, age, or competitive level; (ii) football-specific fatigue-inducing protocol followed by assessment of anticipatory judgments, under controlled temperature conditions; (iii) Comparison groups using a different temperature during the foot-ball-specific fatigue-inducing protocols; (iv) Outcomes included measures of anticipation, and/or physical or physiological tests; (v) No limitations regarding study design, if (ii) and (iii) were present. The searches resulted in 1,289 titles. However, none of the articles met the P.I.C.O.S. adopted, resulting in a total of zero eligible articles for the systematic review. Therefore, from a critical review of the existing literature, it must be concluded that evidence bases of sufficient scientific quality for the understanding the effect of temperature on physical and physiological demands and anticipatory judgments of football players is simply lacking. This should strongly motivate the scientific community to engage in research on the topic, to test if theoretical assumptions are accurate.


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Effects of ambient temperature on physical and physiological demands and player’s judgment ability assessed by a football-specific fatigue-inducing protocols: A systematic review



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Pompeo, A., Cirillo, E., Costa, J., Vilaça-Alves, J., Williams, A. M., Ramirez-Campillo, R., Neves, J. A., & Casanova, F. (2023). Effects of ambient temperature on physical and physiological demands and player’s judgment ability assessed by a football-specific fatigue-inducing protocols: A systematic review. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 18(4), 974–987. https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2023.184.20



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