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Athletes as ‘Cultural Architects’: A Qualitative Analysis of Elite Coaches` Perceptions of Highly Influential Soccer Players

Danielsen, L.D., Giske, R., Peters, D.M. and Høigaard, R. (2019) Athletes as ‘Cultural Architects’: A Qualitative Analysis of Elite Coaches` Perceptions of Highly Influential Soccer Players. The Sport Psychologist. ISSN Print: 0888-4781 Online: 1543-2793 (In Press)

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of highly influential players
in elite soccer. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten elite coaches to determine
their perceptions of the characteristics, emergence and impact of highly influential players.
The interview guide was anchored in coaching literature and leadership theory, and after
exploring the interview data in this frame, we decided to label these athletes as cultural
architects. The results of the analysis revealed three general dimensions of cultural architects
in elite teams: a) Personal characteristics, which include elements related to their
achievements on the soccer pitch, mindset and collectively-orientation; b) Relationship to the
coach, which includes integrity and trust; and c) Intra-team facilitator which includes their
impact as a task-team and social-team influencer. The results represent original findings
identifying the characteristics of cultural architects in soccer, that are most likely transferable
to many other team sports.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: soccer, leadership, roles, elite team sport, group dynamics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Derek Peters
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 11:15
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2019 09:55
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8588

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