Interpersonal coordination in soccer: Interpreting literature to enhance the representativeness of task design, from dyads to teams

SANTOS, Rodrigo, DUARTE, Ricardo, DAVIDS, Keith and TEOLDO, Israel (2018). Interpersonal coordination in soccer: Interpreting literature to enhance the representativeness of task design, from dyads to teams. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, p. 2550.

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Interpersonal coordination in soccer has become a trending topic in sports sciences, and several studies have examined how interpersonal coordination unfolds at different levels (i.e., dyads, sub-groups, teams). Investigations have largely focused on interactional behaviors at micro and macro levels through tasks from dyadic (i.e., 1 vs. 1) to team (i.e., 11 vs. 11) levels. However, as the degree of representativeness of a task depends on the magnitude of the relationship between simulated and intended environments, it is necessary to address a discussion on the correspondence between competitive and practice/experimental settings in soccer. The aims of this paper are to: (i) provide a brief description of the main concepts underlying the subject of interpersonal coordination in sports teams; (ii) demonstrate, through exemplar research findings, how interpersonal coordination in soccer unfolds at different scales; and (iii), discuss how coaches and researchers may ensure representativeness for practice and experimental tasks. We observed that papers addressing the analysis of interpersonal coordination tendencies in soccer often resort to dyadic (one vs. one) or sub-group (many vs. many) experimental tasks, instead of full-sized (11 vs. 11) games. Consequently, the extent to which such patterns reflect those observed in competition is somewhat uncertain. The design of practice and/or experimental tasks that rely on sub-phases of the game (e.g., 1 vs. 1, 4 vs. 4) should ensure the preservation of players’ behavior patterns in intended match conditions (11 vs. 11). This can be accomplished by measuring the level of action fidelity of the task, ensuring correspondence and successful transfer across contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Frontiers via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1664-1078 **History: collection 2018; received 31-08-2018; submitted 31-08-2018; accepted 28-11-2018; epub 11-12-2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychology, soccer, interpersonal coordination, task representativeness, behavioral correspondence, action fidelity
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Page Range: p. 2550
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 05:06

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