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Practitioners’ multi-disciplinary perspectives of soccer talent according to phase of development and playing position

Towlson, Christopher; Cope, Ed; Perry, John L; Court, David; Levett, Nick

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Ed Cope

John L Perry

David Court

Nick Levett



Abstract

The study aimed to establish the perceived importance that academy soccer practitioners placed on technical/tactical, physical, psycho-social player attributes during player selection and explore whether perceptions change according to Elite Player Performance Plan phase. Seventy academy practitioners working within Elite Player Performance Plan programs (Category 1: n = 29; Category 2: n = 13 and Category 3: n = 28) completed an online survey. Psychological factors were rated significantly (p ≤ 0.01) higher than sociological, technical/tactical, and physical factors, with recruitment staff specifically valuing psychological factors significantly (p ≤ 0.01) more than medical staff. Youth Development phase practitioners valued sociological factors significantly (p 

Journal Article Type Article
Journal International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Print ISSN 1747-9541
Electronic ISSN 2048-397X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 174795411984506
APA6 Citation Towlson, C., Cope, E., Perry, J. L., Court, D., & Levett, N. (in press). Practitioners’ multi-disciplinary perspectives of soccer talent according to phase of development and playing position. International journal of sports science & coaching, 174795411984506. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954119845061
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954119845061
Keywords Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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