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    Default 4.4km for 70 minute game

    I've got a new fitness tracker which I used at my last game. Recorded me running (well, walking, jogging, running etc.) 4.4km over the course of a 70 minute game. It was a bit slow paced, lots of scrums and slow line outs.

    Anyone got some stats on their average distance travelled during a game?

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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    For me it's almost always between 6 and 7km
    80min game obviously

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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    The average is going to vary with the level of game you do. Not a lot of point comparing an L1 and a L10 in England. I would have thought.

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    I am not so sure .. have you got any stats ?

    The style of play and game plan affects it, as will the time the ball is out of play .
    It may all average out

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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    I'd imagine a high-level ref will move more efficiently around the field than a beginner.

    I mean, I'm pretty much banking on it getting easier

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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    Also pro games include
    .. lots of scrum resets
    .. ping pong aerial kicking
    .. teams playing thirty phases of pick and go , perhaps to wind down the clock, perhaps for a drop goal

    All of which require very little movemt from the ref.

    On the other hand players run faster and can (when that's the plan) move the ball faster.

    It may even out ...

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    Always worth a browse in the archives: This has cropped up a few times in the past...
    Like this one, for example: April 2012
    That said, I didn’t manage to find the discussion where these following studies were linked.

    THE DISTANCE COVERED OF SOCCER AND RUGBY REFEREES DURING THE MATCH USING A MOBILE "GPS"
    (Sample size 9 soccer refs and 10rugby refs)


    The second study has some interesting conclusions
    A similar study of 10Top level refs in Spain
    (Analysis of 30 matchs in total)
    DISCUSSION
    The purpose of this study was to carry out an analysis of the movement and the intensity of activity to which the referees are subjected during a rugby union match. An objective time-motion analysis method (GPS) was used also in conjunction with HR monitoring during the game. This is the first study to characterize the running movement patterns and exercise intensity of referees during rugby union matches using GPS technology. The results of this study showed that during a rugby union match the referees covered 6,323 m, which corresponds to a relative distance of approximately 75 m∙min21. In the only other study to assess the distance travelled by rugby union referees, it was estimated that an average distance of 8,581 m (101 m∙min21) was covered (14). It is possible that such differences may be attributed to the differing playing patterns in the Spanish top division compared with that in the English Premiership. However, direct comparisons between these 2 studies should be made with caution because of the different time motion analysis methods employed, with this study using an objective (GPS) methodology, whereas Martin et al. (14) estimated distance covered using a subjective method. With the same technology used in this study (i.e., GPS), it has been reported that elite male rugby union players covered a total match distance of 6,953m (5), which is in the range of the distance covered by the referees in this study.



    RESULTS
    Movement Analysis
    The average total distance (±SD) covered by the referees throughout the game (84.9 6 2.9 minutes) was 6,322.2 ± 564.9 m with a range of 5,459–7,426 m.


    PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
    The assessment of the external (i.e., running demands) and internal (i.e., HR responses) load imposed during the competition is the first step preceding the design of specific conditioning programs in rugby union referees. Referees’ running performance is reduced throughout the match. Although the causes of this reduction in running performance remains unknown, fitness training of rugby union referees should aim to develop appropriate levels of high-intensity, intermittent running performance to promote fatigue resistance in the final 30 minutes of a game.
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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    I always used to find that there was more continuity in a good level women’s match than in a men’s. Also the ball used to be moved wider more often. It didn’t involve much change of pace but continual running. Especially if you were applying advantage.

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    Less stats available generally concerning the Women’s game.
    Match-play Activity Profile in Elite Women's Rugby Union Players.
    (GPS study of 8 players from 2013)
    However with both Alhambra Nievas and Joy Neville becoming the first two female referees in history to officiate men's international game, I guess it is only a matter of time that stats for Women referees become available.
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    Default Re: 4.4km for 70 minute game

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    I am not so sure .. have you got any stats ?

    The style of play and game plan affects it, as will the time the ball is out of play .
    It may all average out
    Only my own experience:

    Youth - Fair bit of running usually pretty high speeds. Fair bit of stop start due to skill levels lots of scrums.

    Normal district stuff - lower speed and lots of stop start due to skill levels.

    BUCS - some very fast games as you go up the divisions. The bottom leagues is pertty much on a level wit hte District stuff. However, it gets a lot faster and far less stoppagesas you move up towards the The top division.

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