2022, Volume 18
The position of a club in the league and the personality of Wrocław football players at the junior and younger junior levels – pilot studies for comparisons with combat sports
Paweł Piepiora1, Justyna Bagińska2, Kazimierz Witkowski1, Ignacy Mikołajczak3, Zbigniew Piepiora4
1Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Wroclaw University of Health and Sport Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
2Wrocław Business University of Applied Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
3Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław, SWPS University, Wrocław, Poland
4Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
Author for correspondence: Paweł Piepiora; Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Wroclaw University of Health and Sport Sciences, Wrocław, Poland; email: email@example.com
Background and Study Aim: We assumed that a better club position in the league is associated with a more desirable personality of young football players. The aim of the research was the knowledge about relationship between a club’s position in the league and the personality of Wrocław football players at the junior and pre-junior level.
Material and Methods: Players from Wrocław (n = 103) of the 1st Lower Silesian Provincial League A1 Junior (U-19) and B1 Younger Junior (U-17) participated in the personality study with the use of the Big Five model. The NEO-FFI Personality Questionnaire was used as the research tool. The research took into account the positions of the clubs in the league understood as the final result of the competition in the 2020/2021 season. The analyses were performed with the statistical methods package IBM SPSS Statistics, version 26. The following tests were applied: Kolmogorov-Smirnov, Levene’s, ANOVA with post hoc Bonferroni corrections. The statistical power analysis was performed using the G*Power program, version 220.127.116.11.
Results: Differences in the intensity of neuroticism were noted between the players of the U-19 clubs, with the footballers from the 3rd position showing the highest emotional balance. In the U-17 group, no differences were found between the players of the concerned clubs. No differences were also found between players of the U-19 and U-17 clubs.
Conclusions: It was concluded that a better club position in the league is not related to a personality of Wrocław football players at the junior and youth stages that is preferred by the coaches. The personality traits of young footballers are at similar levels. Therefore, the personality of young people should not be considered as a determinant, but as an end goal for the upbringing of football talents. This study was a pilot study and will serve as a material for comparisons with combat sports.
Key words: sports psychology, Big Five, team sports