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Svensson, R. (2019). Från träningsoverall till trenchcoat: Tränarpositionens förändring inom svensk herrelitfotboll mellan 1960- och 2010-talet. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från träningsoverall till trenchcoat: Tränarpositionens förändring inom svensk herrelitfotboll mellan 1960- och 2010-talet
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The position of the coach in elite sports has changed radically over the last 50 years. Using the Swedish male elite soccer coach as an example, the aim of this thesis is to acquire a deeper understanding of this change. The purpose is to examine the changing position of the Swedish male elite soccer coach in relation to the changing conditions of elite soccer between the 1960s and the 2010s. The history of the Swedish soccer coach is analysed through the lens of the Foucauldian perspective of governmentality. Focusing on the constitution of subject positions, the thesis identifies the power/knowledge relationships formulated within the governmentalities of Swedish elite football clubs and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF). A text analysis of board minutes and annual reports from the Swedish elite soccer club IFK Norrköping, education material from coaching courses organised by SvFF and the transcripts of semi-structured qualitative interviews with former and still active Swedish elite soccer coaches has been conducted.

The analysis shows that at the beginning of the 1960s the established power/knowledge relationship implied that, kitted out in a whole and clean tracksuit, the coach was expected to govern the players’ techniques and fitness training twice a week. However, in order to be internationally competitive, in 1967 SvFF overturned the amateur regulations and instead allowed Swedish clubs to sign professional contracts with the players. From then on the coach was given more time to “conduct the conduct” of the players. In parallel, the clubs and SvFF turned to scientific knowledge and expertise in the areas of physiology and tactics and later sport psychology, leadership and communication. As a consequence, new power/knowledge relationships were formulated which meant that the coach was not only expected to govern new and more dimensions of the players, but also a growing staff of assistant coaches. In addition, dressed in tailor-made trench coat, the coach became the club’s outward face for attracting sponsors and communicating with the media and fans.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2019. p. 362
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 30
Keywords
Coach, soccer, Sweden, sports, history, governmentality, IFK Norrköping, SvFF
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70256 (URN)978-91-7529-274-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-03-01, Örebro universitet, Gymnastik- och idrottshuset, Hörsal G, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2018). Needs more methodology and more sports history to live up to its title [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Needs more methodology and more sports history to live up to its title
2018 (English)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottvetenskap / Malmö University, Department of Sport Sciences, 2018
National Category
History
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67234 (URN)
Note

Recension av Wray Vamplew & Dave Day (eds.) Methodology in Sports Histor, Routledge 2018 (Sport in the Global Society: Historical Perspectives) ISBN 978-1-138-74058-7

Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. & O'Regan, N. (2016). The making of the elite football coach: Coach education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER): . Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, August 22-26, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The making of the elite football coach: Coach education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium
2016 (English)In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The coach is a central figure within elite football and coaching a multifaceted, demanding and pedagogical process (Cassidy, Jones, & Potrac, 2009; Jones, 2006; Potrac, Gilbert, & Denison, 2013). The objective of this paper to show how national football associations have developed their coach education programs to produce coaches that could manage the elite coach position. Both contemporary and historical research stresses that there is and have been a fast track pathway for players into elite coach positions, and that a career as a player on a high level has recognized as important (Blackett, Evans, & Piggott, 2015; Peterson, 1993; Stodter & Cushion, 2014). Therefore the specific focus is on how the programs are developed to handle the transition from playing the game to coach the game. Through a comparison of the Football association of Ireland (FAI), The Scottish Football Association (SFA), The Royal Belgium Football Association (Kbvb) and The Swedish Football Association’s (SvFF) coaching education programs, the purpose of this study is to illuminate different ways to make elite football coaches out of players. The research question is: what content in the programs are directed to support the transition from playing to coach elite football?

The theoretical framework is a governmentality perspective (Foucault & Faubion, 2002; Rose, 1999; Walters, 2012). In short this perspective focus on the motives, tactics and consequences of and for governing. Governing is here understood as conduct of conduct (Foucault & Faubion, 2002). With references to Rose (1999) the governmentality perspective also implies the questions what authorities of various sorts want to happen, in relation to problems defined how, in pursuit of what objectives, through what strategies and technique. The “authorities” in this study are the national football associations. What they want is to conduct the conduct of the adepts to make them elite football coaches. What strategies and tactics they use are what we aim to cast light upon.

The method used is a text analysis of the educational material from coaching education programs in Ireland, Sweden, Scotland and Belgium. The analysis is in two steps. First we identify different areas of knowledge. Second we analyze if and how the different areas of knowledge support the transition from player to coach. We also carry out qualitative interviews (Kvale & Brinkmann, 2014) with the directors of the programs.  

The analysis of the educational material in Sweden shows that over time there is less emphasis on the adept’s technical and physical skills, and more on the pedagogical and analytic dimensions. However, there is no particular segment of the programs that explicit deals with the transition from player to coach. The rest of the study will be carried out this spring.  

Keywords
Coach, Football, Education, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium
National Category
Social Sciences History and Archaeology Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52212 (URN)
Conference
European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, August 22-26, 2016
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2018-07-16Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Att analysera Svenska fotbollförbundets tränarutbildningsmaterial: Ett metodpaper med empirisk illustration. In: Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015: . Paper presented at Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, Örebro, 22-23 okt, 2015 (pp. 1-18).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att analysera Svenska fotbollförbundets tränarutbildningsmaterial: Ett metodpaper med empirisk illustration
2015 (Swedish)In: Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, 2015, p. 1-18Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
Historia, Idrott, Fotboll, Tränare, Utbildning, Metod, Analys
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46301 (URN)
Conference
Workshop för historisk idrottsforskning 2015, Örebro, 22-23 okt, 2015
Projects
From tracksuit to trench coat - The changed position of the Swedish elite football coach from the 1960s to the 2010s
Available from: 2015-10-23 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Fotbollsintresset växte på lärorik resa i strategers sällskap: recension av Fotbollens strateger [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fotbollsintresset växte på lärorik resa i strategers sällskap: recension av Fotbollens strateger
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottvetenskap, 2015
Keywords
Fotboll, historia, tränare, strateger
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
History; Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46086 (URN)
Available from: 2015-10-13 Created: 2015-10-13 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Alsarve, D. & Svensson, R. (2015). I amatörismens gränsland: konsekvenser av fotbollstränarens ökade inflytande i den flersektionella idrottsföreningen under det tidiga 1900-talet. Idrott, historia & samhälle, 21-35
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I amatörismens gränsland: konsekvenser av fotbollstränarens ökade inflytande i den flersektionella idrottsföreningen under det tidiga 1900-talet
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrott, historia & samhälle, ISSN 0280-2775, p. 21-35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Svenska idrottshistoriska föreningen, 2015
Keywords
Sports history, amateurism, soccer coach, associative democracy, Idrottshistoria, amatörism, fotbollstränare, föreningsdemokrati
National Category
Humanities History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47974 (URN)
Available from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-02-05 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Många bra bidrag hänger i luften i redaktionssvag coaching-antologi: recension av The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Många bra bidrag hänger i luften i redaktionssvag coaching-antologi: recension av The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottsvetenskap, 2015
National Category
Social Sciences Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43477 (URN)
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Rapport från Workshop för idrottshistorisk forskning, Örebro, 22-23 oktober, 2015. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rapport från Workshop för idrottshistorisk forskning, Örebro, 22-23 oktober, 2015
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224, ISSN 1652-7224, , p. 4Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö Högskola, Institutionen för Idrottsvetenskap, 2015. p. 4
Keywords
Idrottshistoria, forskning, rapport
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46713 (URN)
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. (2015). Recension av Trenerroller [Review]. Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recension av Trenerroller
2015 (Swedish)In: Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum, ISSN 1652-7224Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Idrottsvetenskap, Malmö högskola, 2015
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44684 (URN)
Available from: 2015-05-25 Created: 2015-05-25 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Svensson, R. & Alsarve, D. (2015). The difficulty of killing two birds with one stone: Fostering competitive athletes and democratic citizens in a Swedish Sports Club between the 1960s and 1980s. In: European College of Sport Science (ECSS): . Paper presented at European College of Sport Science (ECSS)20th annual congress of the European College of Sport Science, Malmö, June 24-27, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The difficulty of killing two birds with one stone: Fostering competitive athletes and democratic citizens in a Swedish Sports Club between the 1960s and 1980s
2015 (English)In: European College of Sport Science (ECSS), 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Coaches, professionalisation, youth sport, Swedish sport associations
National Category
Humanities Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45510 (URN)
Conference
European College of Sport Science (ECSS)20th annual congress of the European College of Sport Science, Malmö, June 24-27, 2015
Available from: 2015-08-10 Created: 2015-08-10 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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