The use of performance profiling within women’s soccer
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of this study was to establish the constructs considered fundamental to effective performance in Women’s Soccer, identify any positional differences and illustrate any possible discrepancies between coach and player perception of individual performance. The study involved the implementation of a performance profiling process to an elite (BUSA Southern Premier) University Women’s Soccer team. The researcher attempted to illustrate the effectiveness of this procedure in profiling individual athletes and their coach. In this study, the researcher describes how Performance Profiling procedures may be used to create opportunity to critically analyse individual performance and the constructs identified as fundamental to effective performance. Through the additional use of semi-structured follow-up interviews, coach and athlete were able to identify and discuss any possible discrepancies and to facilitate goal setting to improve individual and, as a result, overall team performance. Synopsis of the results illustrated that players identified Confidence, Determination, Mental Strength, Vision and Physical Strength as the 5 constructs considered to be fundamental to effective performance in Women’s soccer. Various positional differences, along with coach and player discrepancies concerning individual performance were highlighted. Both player and coach were able to identify areas in terms of the physical, psychological and tactical aspects of the game in need of attention and, as a result the study proved to be both useful and beneficial to the participants.
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