Understanding players' transition from youth to senior professional football environments: a coach perspective.

Øystein Røynesdal, Tynke Toering, Henrik Gustafsson

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore: (a) sociocultural features of a first team environment perceived to influence a player's progression, (b) the ways in which young players should manage these features and (c) how coaches operate to assist young players during specific phases in the youth-to-senior transition. Semi-structured interviews with eight elite development coaches in English Premier League football clubs generated two higher order categories: fitting in with standards of first team environment (e.g. handling social dynamics in the first team group) and facilitating shared perception of transition across key stakeholders (e.g. communicating with first team staff). Together, these findings indicate the need for young players to navigate between conforming, adapting to and breaking with specific features of the first team environment to successfully progress in the youth-to-senior transition to professional football.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • football players
  • football coaches
  • socio-cultural factors
  • English Premier League
  • high-performing culture
  • player development
  • youth sport

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