A case study of the use of verbal reports for talent identification purposes in soccer: A Messi affair!

Autoři: Matthew J. Reeves aff001;  Allistair P. McRobert aff002;  Colin J. Lewis aff003;  Simon J. Roberts aff003
Působiště autorů: School of Sport & Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom aff001;  The Football Exchange, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom aff002;  School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225033


Using a two-study approach, the main purpose of this case study was to explore the use of a verbal reporting methodology to better understand the thought processes of soccer talent scouts during an in-situ talent identification environment. Study 1 developed a standardized coding-scheme to examine verbal cognitions during a single soccer game. Study 2 then utilized this methodology to examine two full-time recruitment staff trained in the use of concurrent verbal reporting before undertaking a live, in-game task. Participants also participated in a debrief interview following the game. The findings of the two studies suggest that developing a verbal reporting protocol is viable, however when applied in a live-game environment it is problematic. Future research should therefore consider a modified version of this task to further explore the cognitions of scouts whilst observing and identifying potential talent.

Klíčová slova:

Cognition – Decision making – Eyes – Games – Human performance – Intelligence – Qualitative studies – Sports


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