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Selected 15-year-old boy and girl football players’ continuation with football and competitive level in youngadulthood: the impact of individual and contextual factors
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Sport Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2415-1703
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Sport Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1366-8910
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Sport Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0748-7144
Department of Education, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2022 (English)In: European Journal for Sport and Society, ISSN 1613-8171, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 368-387Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates players who have been selected to a district team in the Swedish Football Association U15 talent programme. Using register data on all selected 15-year-old boy and girl district team players (3943 boys and 4056 girls born between 1986 and 1996) from Sweden’s 24 football districts, we analysed the relationships between club affiliation at age 15, the player population of the district, date of birth, and continuation with football and competitive level as young adults. The results show that a higher percentage of boys than girls continued playing football into young adulthood and that continuation is related to district size. Belonging to an elite club at age 15 reduces the likelihood of girls playing football at age 21, but it has no effect on the likelihood of boys playing football at age 21. In addition, 15-year-old boys and girls from larger districts who played on an elite club at age 15 were more likely to play elite football at age 21. In sum, the study shows that football district size and club affiliation at age 15 affect whether boys and girls continue to play football and whether they play at an elite level as young adults.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 19, no 4, p. 368-387
Keywords [en]
Relative age, talent development, population size, drop-out, elite athletes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-189601DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2021.2001172ISI: 000718225200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85119320983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-189601DiVA, id: diva2:1611922
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Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2012-0023Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2013-0100Available from: 2021-11-16 Created: 2021-11-16 Last updated: 2022-12-30Bibliographically approved

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