Background and activities

Stig Arve Sæther is a associate professor in sport science. His main research interests include; talent development, youth sport and sport psychology. Sæther has published close to 30 articles in international journals and three books. His largest research project is a longitudinal 10 year follow-up on a age-cohorte of youth national football players from 2005-2015, and ended with the book De norske fotballtalentene (2017) based on this project. Sæther is head of the research group: Skill and Performance Development in Sport and School, Deputy head of education at the Department of Sociology and Political science and head of staff in sport science.
Board of editors: Cogent social sciences (Taylor & Francis Online)

Research projects: 

Football and Talent
Ecology of Athlete Development
Coaching and Performance Development in talent development environments
Describing and Developing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athlete 
The Female Athlete
The Influence of Culture and Power Relations on International Sport Policy

Prevoius projects:
Football academies 
* Road to the top


  • Moen, F., Sæther, S.A .& Bjørkøy, J.A. (2021) Coaching elite junior athletes. Routledge Handbook of Coaching Children in Sport. (Submitted)
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2019) (editor) Idrettsvitenskap. Perspektiver og praksis. (Sport Science. Perspectives and practice) Universitetsforlaget: Oslo.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve. Idrettstalentene. I Idrettsvitenskap. Perspektiver og praksis. (s. 137-148) (Red. S. A. Sæther) Universitetsforlaget: Oslo.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2017) De norske fotballtalentene. Hvem lykkes og hvorfor? (The talented Norwegian football players. Who succedd and why?) Universitetsforlaget: Oslo. ISBN: 9788215028033
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2015) (editor) Trenerroller. (Coaching roles) Fagbokforlaget: Bergen.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2015) Trenerrollen i ungdomsårene - identifiserer eller utvikler? I Trenerroller (Red. S. A. Sæther) Fagbokforlaget; Bergen.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve & Aspvik, Nils Petter (2015) Når mer øvelse ikke nødvendigvis gjør mester! En beskrivelse av unge, talentfulle fotballspilleres fysiske aktivitetsnivå og ulike stressforhold som påvirker deres utvikling. I Trenerroller (Red. S. A. Sæther) Fagbokforlaget; Bergen.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2015) Evaluering av trenerrollen. I Trenerroller (Red. S. A. Sæther) Fagbokforlaget; Bergen.




  • Höök, M., Bergström, M., Sӕther, S.A. & McGawley, K. (2021) Focus-group discussions of the female hormonal cycle as a tool for increasing knowledge and communication among elite endurance athletes and their coaches. WOMEN IN SPORT & EXERCISE CONFERENCE 2021 (Virtual event).
  • Flatgård, G., Larsen, C. H. & Sæther, S.A. (2019) Talent development in a professional football club in Norway: The case of Ranheim football club. SVEBI conference, Stockholm 22.11.19
  • Rye, A. & Sæther, S.A. (2019) Perception of stress in the transition from junior-elite to elite - a comparison of the elite and non-elite players. Football exchange conference, Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Erikstad, M., Østrem, K., Sæther, S.A., Johansen, B.T. & Haugen. T. (2018) Talent identification in youth football: The prevalence og the relative age effect at grassroot, regional and national level. ECSS konferanse, Dublin July.
  • Mehus, Ingar & Sæther, Stig Arve (2016) The importance of achievement goal orientation when learning a novel, and increasingly complexed, skill. ECSS konferanse, Vienna July.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve & Aspvik, Nils Petter (2014) Norwegian football academy players - assessing personal skills as a result of self-organized training. ECSS conference. Amsterdam 2014-07-02 - 2014-07-05.
  • Mehus, Ingar & Sæther, Stig Arve (2014) Goal orientation, intrinsic motivation and exerted effort. ECSS conference. Amsterdam 2014-07-02 - 2014-07-05.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve & Solberg, Harry Arne (2014) European football: The challenges of giving young players time and space. EURAM, Valencia, 3-7 June.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2013) Talent development in soccer: a question of top-level clubs budget and table position? ECSS konferanse. Barcelona. 2013-06-26 - 2013-06-30.
  • Sæther, Stig Arve (2007) Soccer coaches understanding of talent in soccer. ISSA & ISHPES konferanse. ISSA & ISHPES; København. 2007-07-31 - 2007-08-05.,

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