Differences in game reading between selected and non-selected youth soccer players

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Abstract

Applying an established theory of cognitive development - Skill Theory - the current study compares the game-reading skills of youth players selected for a soccer school of a professional soccer club (n=49) and their non-selected peers (n=38). Participants described the actions taking place in videos of soccer game plays, and their verbalisations were coded using Skill Theory. Compared to the non-selected players, the selected players generally demonstrated higher levels of complexity in their game-reading, and structured the information of game elements?primarily the player, teammate and field?at higher complexity levels. These results demonstrate how Skill Theory can be used to assess, and distinguish game-reading of youth players with different expertise, a skill important for soccer, but also for other sports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-428
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Cognitive skills
  • expertise
  • skill theory
  • sports
  • talent
  • TALENT IDENTIFICATION
  • PERCEIVING PATTERNS
  • SKILL
  • PERFORMANCE
  • SPORT
  • RECOGNITION
  • INFORMATION

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