Table 2: Injury causes (contact with an opponent, foul play), separately for different soccer settings, leagues (only games), and non-organised settings (n=701).

Contact injuriesa Injuries due to foul play (subjective appraisal)b Injuries due to foul play (penalised by referee)c
N % 95%-CI % 95%-CI % 95%-CI
Total 701 52.5 49.8-57.2 29.4 26.0-32.8 17.1 14.2-20.0
Non-organised 211 37.4 30.9-43.9 21.0 15.5-21.5 - -
Training 147 36.7 28.9-44.5 13.8 8.2-19.4 - -
Games 343 69.1 64.2-74.0 41.2 36.0-46.4 27.4 22.6-32.2
Leagues (only games) d
2nd amateur leagues 31 64.5 47.7-81.3 48.4 30.8-66.0 32.3 15.8-48.8
3rd amateur leagues 46 71.7 58.7-84.7 42.2 27.8-56.6 28.9 15.7-42.1
4th amateur leagues 67 70.1 59.1-81.1 37.9 26.2-49.6 30.3 19.2-41.4
5th amateur leagues 44 68.2 54.4-82.0 37.2 22.8-51.6 19.0 7.1-30.9
30+ leagues 21 81.0 64.2-97.8 76.2 58.0-94.4 55.0 33.2-76.8
40+ leagues 28 60.7 42.6-78.8 35.7 18.0-53.4 17.9 3.7-32.1
Juniors 49 75.5 63.5-87.5 44.9 31.0-58.8 34.0 20.5-47.5
Women’s leagues 27 81.5 66.9-96.1 40.7 22.2-59.2 26.9 9.9-43.9
Other 22 45.5 24.7-66.3 22.7 5.2-40.2 5.3 0.0-15.4
Non-organised settings
Family and friends 130 33.8 25.7-41.9 18.6 11.9-25.3 - -
Fun turnaments 41 48.8 33.5-64.1 29.3 15.4-43.2 20.5 5.8-35.2
Others 40 37.5 22.5-52.5 20.0 7.6-32.4 - -

a 4 persons were excluded for not knowing whether their injury was caused by contact.;b 6 persons were excluded for not knowing whether their injury was caused by foul play.; c The total of 17.1% should be interpreted with caution. There is no competent referee in training and most of non-organised soccer. 45 Persons were excluded, 36 for stating that there was no referee and 9 for not knowing the referee’s decision.; d 1st amateur league only includes 4 cases and is therefore not presented.

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