Tactical skills of world-class youth soccer teams

Rianne Kannekens*, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher

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Abstract

In this study, we examined the relationship between tactical skills and competitive standard of two youth soccer teams by comparing 18 players (age 18-20 years) from the Dutch and 19 players (age 18-23 years) from the Indonesian national youth team. All players completed the declarative and procedural knowledge scales of the Tactical Skills Inventory for Sport (TACSIS). Multivariate analyses of variances and effect sizes were conducted to assess between- and within-team differences. There was a positive relationship between competitive standard and level of tactical skills: the higher-ranked (FIFA World Ranking 2005-2006; http://www.fifa.com) Dutch players outscored their Indonesian counterparts on the TACSIS subscales oknowing about ball actionso (F1,36=10.58, P0.01), oknowing about otherso (F1,36=28.88, P0.01), and opositioning and decidingo (F1,36=10.10, P0.01). Multivariate analysis of variance revealed no relationship between tactical skills and playing time (P0.05) in the Dutch team, whereas in the Indonesian team one procedural knowledge factor (opositioning and decidingo) did show a positive association (effect size=0.99). In conclusion, tactical skills are fundamental to high-level soccer performance. Ample, expert-led training and match experience at a high competitive standard, starting at a young age, and high-quality talent development programmes are suggested as key ingredients for the development of good tactical skills.

Original languageEnglish
Article number911095222
Pages (from-to)807-812
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventHistory of Cricket Conference 2009 -
Duration: 22-Jul-200923-Jul-2009

Keywords

  • Talent development
  • competitive standard
  • young athletes
  • declarative knowledge
  • procedural knowledge
  • MULTIDIMENSIONAL PERFORMANCE-CHARACTERISTICS
  • FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS
  • KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT
  • DELIBERATE PRACTICE
  • EXPERT PERFORMANCE
  • COGNITIVE SKILL
  • SPORT
  • ACQUISITION
  • COMPETITION
  • TENNIS

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