Soccer coaches perceptions: Visual Exploratory Activity within small sided conditioned games.

Lury, Tristan (2018) Soccer coaches perceptions: Visual Exploratory Activity within small sided conditioned games. Masters thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to address the gap of research in small sided conditioned games (SSCGs) by investigating the use of SSCGs by coaches and the conditions applied to develop Visual exploratory activity (VEA). Seven UEFA B and A licensed coaches were interviewed and were asked to draw out 4v4 small sided conditioned games to encourage players to use VEA. Three practises were selected, plus a normal game with no conditions. The four SSCGs were then put into practise with four played analysed using a player cam approach. Each game was played twice in a random order over two weeks, with the games lasting 10-minutes, followed by a five-minute recovery period. One of the key findings from the interviews is that coaches suggested that VEA should be developed from a young age, starting at ages 6/8. There was a significant association in the first week of SSCGs between VEA frequency in the SSCG and whether the player was in or out of possession χ2 (3) = 14.484, p = .002. However, when the SSCGs were played the second time around there was not a significant association between VEA frequency in the SSCG and whether the player was in or out of possession χ2 (3) = 6.894, p = .075. There is evidence in the results section to suggest that the games suggested from the coaches encourage players to perform visual exploratory activity, however certain players more than others. A limitation of the study was the sample size and consequently limited the opportunity to make clear conclusions. Further research should look further into this area focusing on various ages and a larger sample size.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: MSc Sports Coaching Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 12:42
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 12:42
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5470

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