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Skill Acquisition and Coaching | Football Exchange

Skill Acquisition and Coaching

The members of staff who work in football-related areas of Skill Acquisition and Coaching are  Dr. Paul R. Ford, Dr. Spencer Hayes, Dr. Joe Causer, Prof. Simon Bennett, and Dr. Allistair McRobert. A number of postgraduate students work on football related research projects in this area. The staff members use the Tom Reilly Building as well as working in the field to investigate a large number of topics. They do so with many partners from the football world, including research projects with Real Madrid, UEFA, FIFA, Everton, Manchester United, The Football Association, French Football Federation, Umbro and Nike, among others.

Staff members working in this area reveal dimensions of soccer skill and how it can be acquired. They examine the skills that separate skilled from less-skilled players, especially focusing on game intelligence skills, such as anticipation and decision-making, how expert players acquire these skills, and how coaches can have their players acquire these skills through instructional, practice and simulation strategies. An example of this work is the video-based, time-use analysis of coaching sessions to identify differences in coaching activities and how they differentialy effect skill acquisition and the development of expert performance in players.