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The presence of the relative age effect in Swedish elite level female soccer players
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A great extent of research has been put into the subject of the relative age effect, proving its existence among a number of sports, among which soccer is one of the most researched. However previous studies have mainly been focusing on male athletes and almost completely neglected female athletes. Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate if the relative age effect is present among Swedish elite-level, female soccer players, using the highest league and the national team as a sample. No presence of the relative age effect was shown for either of the two samples (p=0,43 and p=0,71 for the National team, p=0,42 and p=0,51 for “Damallsvenskan”), a result well in line with the author’s hypothesis. The results are suggested to be the fruit of a number of different factors, most notably the combination of the pubertal differences of females compared to males and the lack of intense competition in early ages along with sociological aspects.

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2012. , 12 p.
Keyword [en]
Relative age effect, females, soccer
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56516OAI: diva2:535469
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-19 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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