A multidisciplinary investigation into “playing-up” in academy football according to age phase

Kelly, Adam L. and Wilson, Mark R. and Jackson, Daniel T. and Goldman, Daniel E. and Turnnidge, Jennifer and Côté, Jean and Williams, Craig A. (2020) A multidisciplinary investigation into “playing-up” in academy football according to age phase. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 1466-447X

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In an attempt to facilitate more appropriate levels of challenge, a common practice in academy football is to play-up talented youth players with chronologically older peers. However, the context of playing-up in academy football is yet to be empirically explored. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the multidimensional factors that differentiated players who play-up from those who do not. Ninety-eight participants from a single football academy were examined within their age phase: Foundation Development Phase (FDP; under-9 to under-11; n = 40) and Youth Development Phase (YDP; under-12 to under-16; n = 58). Drawing upon the FA Four Corner Model, 27 factors relating to Technical/Tactical, Physical, Psychological, and Social development were assessed. Following MANOVA analysis within both the FDP and YDP, significant differences were observed for Technical/Tactical and Social sub-components (P < 0.05). Further differences were observed for Physical and Psychological sub-components (P < 0.05) within the YDP. In sum, Technical/Tactical and Social characteristics appeared to differentiate those who play-up compared to those who do not within the FDP. In the YDP however, there were measures representing all sub-components from the FA Four Corner Model. Subsequently, it is suggested coaches and practitioners consider these holistic factors when playing-up youth football players within relevant age-phases.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1848117
6 November 2020Accepted
17 November 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accelerated learning, Elite youth football, Expertise, Talent identification, Talent development, Relative age effect
Subjects: CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Adam Kelly
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 10:11
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:36
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11523

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