Coach decision-making in Futsal: from preparation to competition

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The purpose of this paper was to analyse the process of decision making from preparation to competitive moments of expert futsal coaches. Ten expert and professional coaches’ (M = 46,9 ± 7,93 years old and M = 15,4 ± 7,22 years of coaching experience) from different countries were interviewed using a semi-structured inter- 15 view (quantitative and qualitative) with two different goals: (1) evaluate the preparation for decision-making moment during the game; (2) classifying the importance of different game related points for decision-making during match moment. The data analysis was processed through combination of deductive and inductive methods through software QSR NVivo 11. The results revealed that coaches’ share similar ideas to prepare their teams. That is, coaches focus first their attention on their own team identity and frame and second on opposition team behaviour and frame. It was also possible to identify clear coaching behavioural signs possible to be structured as cues and guiding lines for their decision making process and actions before and during competitive moments. Such information can be important for the development of most appropriated coaching education curriculums according to game demands specificities.

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Research by:

João Almeidaa,b, Hugo Sarmento c , Seamus Kelly d and Bruno Travassos e
a Loughborough University Futsal and International Futsal Academy, Portugal
b University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, UK
c Research Unit for Sport and Physical Activity (CIDAF), Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal;
d School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland;
e Research Centre of Sport Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), Department of Sport Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal

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