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A Bioecological Perspective on Talent Identification in Junior-Elite Soccer: A Pan-European Perspective

Reeves, MJ and Roberts, SJ A Bioecological Perspective on Talent Identification in Junior-Elite Soccer: A Pan-European Perspective. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Elite soccer clubs across Europe spend ever-increasing sums of money on transfers and salaries for world-class players. Consequently, clubs’ talent identification and development processes for junior players have become more professionalised. Based on a holistic ecological approach, this study presents an analysis of talent identification practices across some of the most productive soccer academies in Europe (N = 11). Data were collected via semi-structured interviews with 11 heads of academy recruitment from clubs in the ‘big five’ European leagues. Clubs were purposively sampled based on their player productivity ranking. Interviews ranged from 52:26 minutes to 114:06 minutes in length (m = 87:53 ± 20.10 minutes). This study argues that holistic ecological approaches the environments were characterised through the interplay of factors that ranged from high-level internal to international level relationships. This resulted in the identification and recruitment of players from local and international environments. The purpose of recruitment was suggested to have a dual purpose: recruitment of players for the first team; recruitment of players for further development/monitoring and/or selling to another club.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2019 14:01
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 14:01
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11831

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