Background: Futsal is physiologically characterized as an intermittent activity and high intensity. Therefore, it is essential to analyze the body composition of athletes, as well as
tests related to physical ability to analyze the physical condition of the same training protocol and application focused on performance and muscle prevention. In adult athletes, there are
anthropometric and physical abilities differences according to tactical positions on the court, but it is not clear under-16 category athletes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anthropometric
profile, body composition and physical fitness of futsal athletes (under-16) according to the different tactical positions in the preseason.
Methods: The study included 31 athletes from the U-16 futsal category, participants of Paulista futsal championship. The average age of the players was 14.83 ± 0.65 years, height is
1.68 ± 0.07m and body mass 60.80 ± 9,00kg. These were divided into 4 different groups according to their positions: goalkeeper, fixed, wing and pivot. A scale was used (BODY - 923 bipolar - Oxer®) to
assess the percentage of lean mass and fat mass. Height was measured by stadiometer (Sanny®), as well as the measurements of trunk circumference, waist and hip by tape measure. Tests were conducted to
evaluate the maximum speed of 5 and 30 meters, Illinois protocol was used to evaluate agility. To evaluate the flexibility was used PROESP-Brazil protocol in addition to horizontal impulsion and core
stability. Assessments were made in the presentation of the players for the Championship of Paulista Federation of Futsal and were carried out under conditions of privacy, adequate lighting and
temperature. For the treatment of the data was used Statistica 12 program to obtain averages and standard followed by the comparison test differences between groups adopting the significance level of
p ≤ 0.05.
Results: The results showed no significant differences in the variables between the different tactical positions, except for the maximum speed at 30m between goalkeepers and wings
(4.46 ± 0.49 x 4.13 ± 0.17, p = 0.05).
Conclusions: These results indicate that anthropometric parameters, body composition and physical abilities do not differ in relation to different positions for futsal players of U-16
category in the pre-season, except for speed at 30m.