Elite Youth Soccer Players’ Sources and Types of Soccer Confidence

Greenlees, I. A., Parr, A., Murray, S. and Burkitt, E. (2021) Elite Youth Soccer Players’ Sources and Types of Soccer Confidence. Sports, 9 (11). e146. ISSN 2075-4663

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Abstract

Sport confidence is a psychological characteristic considered vital for youth soccer players to possess. However, only limited research has explored the types and sources of sport confidence important to elite youth performers in professional soccer academies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 academy footballers (aged 10 or 11). Abductive hierarchical content analysis identified types of confidence to include achievement, skill execution, psychological factors, superiority to opposition and tactical awareness. Key sources of confidence identified by players were performance accomplishments, coaching, social support, and preparation. Even though the dimensions reported were similar to previous research, a number of unique sub-themes of confidence sources emerged, including pre-training/competition emotions, coach and team-mate feedback. The results demonstrate the importance of considering maturation levels and context when seeking to understand and develop confidence in youth performers.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Greenlees, I.; Parr, A.; Murray, S.; Burkitt, E. Elite Youth Soccer Players’ Sources and Types of Soccer Confidence. Sports 2021, 9, 146. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports9110146
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-confidence sources, self-efficacy, elite youth athletes, soccer
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport and Exercise Psychology and Research Methods
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router Jisc
Depositing User: Publications Router Jisc
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 09:50
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 13:49
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6037

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