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 forty 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: 


Describing and developing the Brazilian jiu-jitsu athlete
Dual Career Development Environments
Fotball og talent
Fri på Vandet: A lifestyle intervention for people with stress, anxiety, or depression
The Influence of Culture and Power Relations on International Sport Policy
Mapping the field of sport psychology in Scandinavia
Modernising sport psychology in English football
Ecology of Athlete Development
Coaching og prestasjonsutvikling i talentutviklingsmiljø
The Female Athlete

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, I. & Sæther, S.A. (2016) The importance of achievement goal orientation when learning a novel, and increasingly complexed, skill. ECSS konferanse, Vienna July.
  • Sæther, S.A. & Aspvik, N.P. (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, I. & Sæther, S.A. (2014) Goal orientation, intrinsic motivation and exerted effort. ECSS conference. Amsterdam 2014-07-02 - 2014-07-05.
  • Sæther, S.A. & Solberg, H.A. (2014) European football: The challenges of giving young players time and space. EURAM, Valencia, 3-7 June.
  • Sæther, S.A (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, S.A. (2007) Soccer coaches understanding of talent in soccer. ISSA & ISHPES konferanse. ISSA & ISHPES; København. 2007-07-31 - 2007-08-05.,

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