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Career paths of Swedish top-level women soccer players
Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sweden.
Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
2018 (English)In: Soccer & Society, ISSN 1466-0970, E-ISSN 1743-9590Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores seven Swedish top-level women’s soccer players’ career development experiences. Data were produced through semi-structured interviews and a biographical mapping grid. The theoretical framework of ‘careership’ was employed to understand the data. The results showed homogenous career paths. Moreover, the data show that the players decided at a young age to pursue a career in soccer; experienced the transition from junior to senior level soccer as difficult because of a lack of physical preparedness; soccer over school commitments. We recommend that soccer stakeholders (e.g. federations, clubs, coaches) give the transition from junior to senior level soccer special attention to prevent intense demands that may cause dropout. We further propose that if athletes should give sport and education equal priority, the Swedish dual career concept of high school education and sport needs further reflection and adjustment.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018.
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Educational Sciences
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Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71597DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2018.1431775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71597DiVA, id: diva2:1280426
Available from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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