Systematizing coaches’ ‘eye for talent’: Player assessments based on expert coaches’ subjective talent criteria in top-level youth soccer

Jokuschies, Nina Maria; Gut, Vanessa; Conzelmann, Achim (2017). Systematizing coaches’ ‘eye for talent’: Player assessments based on expert coaches’ subjective talent criteria in top-level youth soccer. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12(5), pp. 565-576. Sage 10.1177/1747954117727646

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Although talent selection in professional soccer mainly relies on the subjective judgment of scouts and coaches, little is known to date about top-level soccer coaches’ conceptions of talent. Drawing on a constructivist approach, this mixed method study intends to give an in-depth insight into coaches’ subjective talent criteria and to investigate the validity and reliability of their player assessments based on these criteria. Five national youth soccer coaches were examined using semistructured inductive interviews and the repertory grid technique. The results reveal experienced soccer coaches’ subjective talent criteria and indicate the multidimensional nature of their concepts of talent. There is a high correlation (-.57 ≤ rs. ≤ -.81) between the coaches’ assessment of their players based on their own talent criteria and their previous evaluation of these players’ overall potential, indicating criterion validity. Repeated evaluations of the Players according to a coach’s talent criteria display an adequate test–retest reliability over a period of 10 weeks.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Jokuschies, Nina Maria; Gut, Vanessa and Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1747-9541

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vanessa Gut

Date Deposited:

17 Oct 2017 13:18

Last Modified:

18 Oct 2017 07:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1747954117727646

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106265

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106265

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