The developmental and professional activities of female international soccer players from five high-performing nations

MSL research field: 
Skill acquisition
Expertise
TitleThe developmental and professional activities of female international soccer players from five high-performing nations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsFord, PR, Hodges, NJ, Broadbent, D, O’Connor, D, Scott, D, Datson, N, Andersson, HA, Williams, MA
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume38
Start Page1432
Issue11-12
Pagination1432 - 1440
Date PublishedMay-06-2021
Type of Articlepeer reviewed
ISSN0264-0414
KeywordsDeliberate practice, motor behaviour, skill acquisition, talent development
AbstractWe study the developmental and professional activities engaged in by 86 female adult soccer players from the senior national teams of Australia, Canada, England, Sweden, and the United States of America. Players completed the Participation History Questionnaire (PHQ) to elicit the amount and type of activities engaged in across their developmental and professional years, including milestones, soccer-specific activity and engagement in other sport activity. Greater specialisation than diversification characterised their childhood developmental activities, including all players starting in soccer in childhood and accumulating more hours in soccer activity than other sports during this period. However, interindividual variation further characterised these childhood activities, with a proportion of players diversifying into other sports and/or soccer play to a greater or lesser degree during childhood when compared to the other players. The amount of coach-led soccer practice increased for all players across their development culminating in an average of 15–16 h/wk across a 40-week season in early adulthood. In contrast, the amount of engagement in other sports and soccer peer-led play varied between players but generally decreased across adolescence to negligible amounts in late adolescence. Findings are commensurate with the deliberate practice framework and early engagement.
URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2020.1789384https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02640414.2020.1789384
DOI10.1080/02640414.2020.1789384
Short TitleJournal of Sports Sciences