File(s) under embargo

Reason: Publisher requirement.

1

year(s)

2

month(s)

24

day(s)

until file(s) become available

Professional academy soccer players’ perceived experiences of loan environments

journal contribution
posted on 16.07.2021, 14:57 by Will Abbott, Tom CliffordTom 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.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Soccer & Society

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor & Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer & Society on 15 Jul 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14660970.2021.1951253.

Publication date

2021-07-15

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1466-0970

eISSN

1743-9590

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Tom Clifford. Deposit date: 16 July 2021