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To see or not to see: talent identification in the Swedish Football Association
Stockholm university, Sweden. (Fotbollens talangorganisation)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9043-4141
Umeå university, Sweden.
Beijing Sport University, Peoples Republic of China.
2019 (Chinese)In: Journal of Beijing Sport University, ISSN 1007-3612, no 7, p. 53-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 The purpose of this article is to explore whether context and coaching cultures influence coaches’ practical experience and their unarticulated and embodied knowledge, and thus their different ways of seeing and defining talent. Using a cultural sociological perspective, we challenge the commonly held assumption that talent identification is, or can be made into, a rational and objective process. Our interpretations and analyses are based upon interviews with 15 soccer coaches in four districts within the Swedish Football Association’s talent organization program. The results imply that coaches’ talent identification is guided by what feels “right in the heart and stomach”; but what feels right is greatly influenced by their experience of previous identifications, interpretations of what elite soccer entails, and the coaching culture in which they find themselves.

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2019. no 7, p. 53-64
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89943DiVA, id: diva2:1368484
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Fotbollens talangorganisation
Note

Also published in:Lund, S., & Söderström, T. (2017). To See or Not to see : Talent Identification in the Swedish Football Association. Sociology of Sport Journal, 34(3), 248–258. DOI: 10.1123/ssj.2016-0144

Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved

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