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dc.contributor.authorNicolls, Scott B.*
dc.contributor.authorWorsfold, Paul R.*
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-21T10:48:59Z
dc.date.available2017-03-21T10:48:59Z
dc.date.issued2016-11-15
dc.identifier.citationNicolls, S., & Worsfold, P. R. (2016). The observational analysis of elite coaches within youth soccer: The importance of performance analysis. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(6), 825-831. DOI: 10.1177/1747954116676109
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1747954116676109
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620445
dc.description.abstractThe study investigated the observational capabilities of experienced elite coaches whilst focusing upon soccer specific actions and playing positions within elite youth soccer. Six soccer coaches assessed the performances of 10 youth soccer players (across 8 matches) on their short/long passing, tackling, shooting, heading and dribbling. Analysis was undertaken on an overall, quality and positional grouping basis. Mean observational accuracy was 38.8%, with successful shooting (78.6%) and passing (29.9%) illustrating the range. The limited effective observation of dribbling (37.2%), often considered a separating factor within talent identification, highlights the need for objective measures to aid such processes. Positional grouping analysis elicited 20% more effective observation for unsuccessful compared with successful actions. The poor level of observational accuracy identified herein has significant implications on talent identification assessments devoid of post-performance analyses. The findings reinforce the importance of performance analysis in the provision of highly accurate and comprehensive augmented feedback within the coaching process.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGE
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1747954116676109en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectAssociation footballen
dc.subjectSoccer skillsen
dc.subjectCoaching processen
dc.subjectTalent identificationen
dc.titleThe observational analysis of elite coaches within youth soccer: The importance of performance analysisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2048-397X
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Middlesex University; Manchester Institute of Health and Performance
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coachingen
dc.internal.reviewer-noteEmailed Paul re: version 21/03/2017 SM
dc.date.accepted2016-03-23
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-11-15
html.description.abstractThe study investigated the observational capabilities of experienced elite coaches whilst focusing upon soccer specific actions and playing positions within elite youth soccer. Six soccer coaches assessed the performances of 10 youth soccer players (across 8 matches) on their short/long passing, tackling, shooting, heading and dribbling. Analysis was undertaken on an overall, quality and positional grouping basis. Mean observational accuracy was 38.8%, with successful shooting (78.6%) and passing (29.9%) illustrating the range. The limited effective observation of dribbling (37.2%), often considered a separating factor within talent identification, highlights the need for objective measures to aid such processes. Positional grouping analysis elicited 20% more effective observation for unsuccessful compared with successful actions. The poor level of observational accuracy identified herein has significant implications on talent identification assessments devoid of post-performance analyses. The findings reinforce the importance of performance analysis in the provision of highly accurate and comprehensive augmented feedback within the coaching process.


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