Identifying technical, physiological, tactical and psychological characteristics that contribute to career progression in soccer

FORSMAN, H, BLOMQVIST, M, DAVIDS, Keith, LIUKKONEN, J and KONTTINEN, N (2016). Identifying technical, physiological, tactical and psychological characteristics that contribute to career progression in soccer. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (4), 505-513.

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    Abstract

    This study sought to examine which technical, physiological, tactical and psychological characteristics at age 15 years contribute to successful soccer performance at age 19 years. Participants were male soccer players (n = 114; mean age 15.4±0.3 years), divided into elite and sub-elite groups based on their performance level at age 19 years. Technical, physiological, tactical and psychological characteristics were recorded when players were 15-year olds. Binary logistic regression analysis showed that performance level at age 19 was clearly associated with technical skills of passing and centering as well as agility and motivation levels recorded at age 15 years. These results extend our understanding of career progression in youth soccer and highlight the multidimensional nature of talent development processes in soccer. Moreover, it seems crucial that coaching support should be devoted to the development of passing and centering skills, agility and motivation in the development of youth players.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Agility; association football; motivation; skill; soccer; talent development; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954116655051
    Page Range: 505-513
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 16:03
    Last Modified: 26 May 2021 16:03
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28214

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