Bridging the Gap Between Empirical Results, Actual Strategies, and Developmental Programs in Soccer

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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Being one of the most prominent globalized sports, soccer played at club, national, and continental levels has a relevant societal role. At present, the specific competencies, interests, and languages of the different actors involved in the selection, development, and support of long-lasting careers of players might limit opportunities for potential talented players. Unless the cultural environment of soccer resolves the gaps between empirical results and actual soccer strategies, scientific discussion relating to the effectiveness of talent selection and development remains limited. This commentary is intended to highlight the need for developmental programs to prepare soccer personnel for a transdisciplinary dialogue, which could foster a future development of this sport. Finally, in considering the wide soccer-related employment opportunities at local, national, and international levels, the need for a clear qualification framework is crucial.

Figueiredo and Gonçalves are with the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. Tessitore is with the Dept of Movement, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico,” Rome, Italy. Address author correspondence to Antonio Tessitore at antonio.tessitore@uniroma4.it.