Football and talent – Department of Sociology and Political Science
Project: Football and Talent
Project: Football and Talent
Project period: 2005-2020
Project leader: Stig Arve Sæther
Many are fascinated by them. The talented football players. The players that exhibit impressive skills already at young age (7-10 years) and often excel in a rapid matter. It is naturally to assume that these players also are the top players of the future, although research show that this is most often not the case. Since 2005, the Football and Talent project has followed players in one age cohort, from the age of 13/14, selected for age-specific national teams in their age cohort. Furthermore, the project has followed this cohort of players in a 10-year period, up to today. The ambitious intention of the project is to find player characteristics which could explain why some players succeed while others are not as lucky/motivated/hardworking? The project also highlights how important contributors such as coaches, teammates and parent affect the players development. By highlighting the players development and challenges both on and off the field, one wishes to gain a holistic understanding of the players' everyday lives and long-term development. Some of the topics covered by the project are training amount, coach-athlete relationship, educational choices, self-assessment of skills, stress, thoughts on the future, club choices, etc.
- Lagestad, P., Sæther, S. A. & Ulvik, A. (2017) Differences in coaching feedback between coaches of junior elite soccer players and junior amateur soccer players.
- Sæther, S. A. (2017) Characteristics of Professional and Non-Professional Football Players – An Eight-Year Follow-Up of Three Age Cohorts. Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2, 13-18.
- Matin, V. & Sæther, S. A. (2017) Talented high school football players’ perception of talent identification criteria. Sport Mont Journal, 2, 3-7.
- Stig Arve Sæther (2017) De norske fotballtalentene.
- Aalberg, Ruben R. & Sæther, Stig Arve (2016) The Talent Development Environment in a Norwegian top-level football club. Sport Science Review, 3-4, 159-182.
- Sæther, S.A, (2016) Presence of the relative age effect and its effect on playing time among under-20 players in the Norwegian premier league Tippeligaen - a four year follow up. Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 1, 11-15.
- Sæther, S. A. & Mehus I. (2016) "You are not born with talent" Talented girls´ and boys´ perception of their talents as football players. Sports, 4, 1, 1-8.
- Sæther, S. A. & Solberg, H. A. (2015) Talent Development in football: Are young talents given time to blossom? Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 5, 5, 493 – 506.
- Sæther, S. A. (2015) Selecting players for youth national teams - a question of birth month and reselection? Science & Sports, 30, 6, 314-320.