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Professional academy soccer players’ perceived experiences of loan environments
journal contributionposted on 16.07.2021, 14:57 by Will Abbott, Tom Clifford
The current investigation examined professional academy soccer players' perceived experiences of loan environments, compared to their previous academy experiences. Fifteen professional soccer players completed season-long loans at various European soccer clubs. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted following the loans to determine the physical, technical, tactical, psychological, and psychosocial differences between their loan, and existing academy environments. Inductive content analysis was conducted on the interviews to build a system of categories explaining the holistic experiences of player’s loan experiences. Key themes that emerged were greater perceived physical demands on loan, but similar or lower technical demands. Players were exposed to a wider range of playing styles on loan. Some players struggled with the reduced feedback and communication surrounding their performances on loan compared to the academy, and had difficulty interacting with peers. The current investigation highlights areas for consideration to ensure a smooth transition between academy and loan environments.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences