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Soccer academy players' experiences of GPS surveillance

Jones, Luke


Dr Luke Jones Jonzon
Lecturer in Sports Coaching/ Collaborative provision - academic contact for local partner colleges


Conventional wisdom dictates that the use of GPS surveillance technology in sport to assist athletic performance is an overwhelmingly positive phenomenon. Specifically, the health and performance benefits of the application of GPS and surveillance technologies have been well documented across a range of field sports. Previous research into the developmental implications of GPS surveillance in professional rugby league (Jones, Marshall, & Denison, 2016) has identified that there are some significant unintended consequences of their use for elite athletes. We utilised the disciplinary analysis of Foucault to investigate the experiences of academy soccer players in relation to wearable GPS technology. 5 academy players took part in semi-structured group interviews as part of a wider study into the effects of surveillance technologies within an academy setting. We suggest that the now normalised and increasingly ubiquitous use of GPS surveillance technology within this particular British soccer academy is seen as relatively insignificant by its players. However, we also report that GPS use does act to impose discipline on academy players and may well be having unforeseen and potentially problematic implications for academy players’ development experience.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 14, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 1
Article Number 4
APA6 Citation Jones, L. (2019). Soccer academy players' experiences of GPS surveillance. Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, 1(1),
Keywords GPS; Surveillance; Discipline; Soccer; Foucault; Technology
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Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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