Coaching attacking philosophy in Soccer

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för kost- och idrottsvetenskap

Abstract: Background: Coaching attacking philosophy in soccer can be done in many ways. Traditionalcoaching approaches are based on skill practice where the coach tells the player how toperform a certain skill. More recently some approaches have been developed, where differenttypes of games are where players learn and the coach guides the players by asking questions.This study describes the pedagogy used by coaches on the elite level in Swedish soccer.Method: The Game Sense approach has been used to create meaning of the qualitative datacollected with semi-structured interviews.Results: The result shows that the coaches’ use game-centered but not as much playercenteredcoaching. This might be influenced by the lack of experience of player-centeredcoaching.Conclusion: The study can be used as a discussion material in formal coach educations, whichlacks of player-centered coaching. The results show that it is possible to implement the GameSense approach on elite level in order to create theoretical and practical understanding.

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