Developing football players and coaches
- Loughborough research has major impact on the training of football players and their coaches.
Sport psychology research is transforming football coaching and player development nationally.
Sport psychology research conducted at Loughborough is having a major impact on the training of football players and their coaches from grass roots to national level.
The research – conducted by experts in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences over the past decade – sought to apply psychological principles to youth football to nurture talented young players.
The impact of this research is so marked that several of these principles now underpin the FA’s coach education modules for psychology, and player development initiatives at clubs across the football pyramid.
Dissemination of the new techniques is via traditional textbooks, manuals and training programmes as well as more novel communication channels which make use of online and mobile technology.
The applications from this diverse research have reached over 20,000 youth coaches from thousands of clubs and teams at all levels worldwide
The Performance Environment Survey (PES) is used as a tournament evaluation tool by FA National Youth Team Coaches and Players
Momentum in Soccer: Controlling the Game (2005) – described by Sven-Göran Eriksson as “a tremendous blend of theory and practice” – is the core text for the Level 5 Psychology for Football coach education module
The 5 Cs Programme now forms the basis of the FA’s Level 4 Psychology for Football education module for coaches and influenced the development of the FA Advanced Youth Coaches Award
The Coach Analysis Intervention System (CAIS) app has been licensed to a number of professional UK football clubs as well as UK Sport’s Inspire/Aspire coach development programme.