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Who is selected as a talent in the Swedish youth national talent program in football
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
2024 (English)In: 20th European Conference for the Sociology of Sport. Sport, Democracy, Inequality and Beyond: Book of abstracts, Madrid: Universidad Europea , 2024, p. 137-137Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Talent identification is a topic that has captured a lot of research interest. The knowledge on player competencies used in selection processes has predominately focused upon on coaches’ identification practice, and their views on the physical, physiological, technical, and mental qualities of talented of young soccer players. However, few studies have put attention on the role family background factors, such as parents’ sport habits, level of education and finances, type of residence, etc. have for being selected as a youth talent. Thus, in this paper the aim is to explore background patterns of females and males that at the age of 15 were selected to a district/regional team in one of the 24 football districts in Sweden. The study uses retrospective questionnaire data from 1026 football players (396 males and 630 females) who were selected for district teams at the age of 15. The findings show that, besides growing up in families with a strong sport capital, especially the father, a majority grew up in a house, rated the family's finances as good and about 50% had parents with university education. Very few of the females and males have a foreign background. The findings suggests that for being selected as a talented football player not only physical, physiological, technical, and mental qualities, but also a particular type of background seems to be favorable. In conclusion, the talented players characteristics raise questions about the diversity that the Swedish Football Association strives for within Swedish football at all levels.

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Madrid: Universidad Europea , 2024. p. 137-137
Keywords [en]
socio-economy, talent identification, inclusion, diversity
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-226119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-226119DiVA, id: diva2:1869372
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EASS 2024, 20th European Conference for the Sociology of Sport. Sport, Democracy, Inequality and Beyond, Madrid, Spain, June 4-7, 2024
Available from: 2024-06-13 Created: 2024-06-13 Last updated: 2024-06-13Bibliographically approved

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