Sports problem: Soccer

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Literature Review: Soccer problem for Sports

This “Ten Problems for Sports in the 2020s” booklet will introduce ten relevant problems, namely: coaches, performance, fundamentals, match fixing, politics, talent development, diversity, education, economics, e-sports; for the ten most popular sports in the 2020s world, as for estimated fans number: soccer, cricket, basketball, hockey, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, baseball, American football / rugby, golf.

Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the sports that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. soccer,
  2. cricket,
  3. basketball,
  4. hockey,
  5. tennis,
  6. volleyball,
  7. table tennis,
  8. baseball,
  9. american football / rugby,
  10. golf.

Each sport has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references for each open question and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

1 Soccer

THE PROBLEM — Soccer estimated fans worldwide are 3.5 billion in 2020. Same as other popular sports, ten problems for soccer are: coaches, performance, fundamentals, match fixing, politics, talent development, diversity, education, economics, e-sports. Here follows a short introduction to all of them with recent references for own consultation.

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CONCLUSIONS — At youth level, coaches should consider how coaching methods that seek to develop players’ metacognitive game skills can be applied. There has been an increasing interest in finer grained criterion measures of soccer performance, as well as representative assessments at the level of performance predictors. In the soccer games, there seem to be no significant difference in the amount of passing between the teams of different experience levels that was due to differences in social development but seem to only be due to a difference in skill level. Since protecting the integrity of sports is of societal relevance, betting fraud detection systems aim at detecting fixed matches in sports in a data-driven way by monitoring odds movements from bookmakers all over the world. If properly adapted, political science concepts like partisanship have conceptual and empirical leverage in ostensibly non-political contests like soccer celebrity and Ballon d’Or votes. Futsal allows potential learning returns and implications for skills transfer and the development of soccer players. Significant inequality in the Danish football landscape, especially related to gender, although such levels are perhaps lower than in other countries, where gender inequality is growing. the implementation of recreational soccer into regular physical education classes seems to be a potentially appropriate stimulus for reducing aggression in high-school students. Intra-industry market-based solutions such as a solidarity fund or measures of self-regulation are preferable to possible state subsidies in contrasting the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on professional soccer. The videogame series FIFA from developer EA Studios is an Esports title rising in popularity around the world but match analysis to improve performance is still missing from this rapidly professionalizing sector.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon

“Ten Problems for Sports in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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