Is futsal a donor sport for football?: Exploiting complementarity for early diversification in talent development

TRAVASSOS, Bruno, ARAÚJO, Duarte and DAVIDS, Keith (2017). Is futsal a donor sport for football?: Exploiting complementarity for early diversification in talent development. Science and Medicine in Football, 2 (1), 66-70.

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Introduction: In team sports like football, athlete development emerges through the continuous experience and practice of varied activities under variations in task and environmental constraints. Such variations in environmental and task constraints provide variable practice opportunities and experiences that promote an enrichment of the learning process through enhanced transfer, and the discovery of individual capabilities through diverse, functional play activities. Objectives: In this commentary, we discuss theoretical insights that suggest how the sport of futsal can provide a useful basis for supporting the transfer of skills to performance in association football. Conclusions: The complementary nature of the two sports can be exploited for skill acquisition in early diversification through emphasising selected performance–based affordances, behavioral correspondence between sports, and self-evident advances towards task goals. By taking up futsal at an early stage, future football players will have the opportunity to explore futsal tactical behaviors that will enrich their developing perceptual-motor landscape. Practial Implications: To ensure a complementary transfer of capabilities between the sports, coaching interventions should highlight informational constraints to improve the coupling of perception and action in players in futsal and association football and promote the utilization of relevant affordances available in practice task designs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Donor sport, transfer, expertise, basic movement skills
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Page Range: 66-70
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:10

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