Universities’ masters world cup soccer: integrated sports science research and implementation of an international masters soccer community

Harry Hubball*, Steve Mitchell, Peter Reddy

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Abstract

Ageing populations with greater wellness and athletic expectations require quality sports and active living experiences in order to increase and sustain participation levels. Responding to the diverse needs and circumstances of
Masterslveterans players is a complex and multi-faceted process. While sports
science contributions have been very effective at enhancing active living in a variety of youth and adult sports events, very little has been documented regarding their efficacy in events for Masterslveteran players. This paper draws upon action research to examine the growth and development of a unique Masters World Cup 6-0-side Soccer Tournament, involving representative teams
from twelve nations. lntegrated sports science concepts and strategies were employed to develop quality soccer experiences. Longitudinal data suggest that
fostering a community of practice is critical to the success of Masters soccer
programs. In addition to critical leadership contributions, an eclectic range of age-appropriate and responsive soccer experiences are essential to ensure that Masters events meet the diverse needs and circumstances of the players.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Leisure Journal
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • masters/veterans soccer community
  • sports science applications
  • futsal adaptations
  • world cup football tournament

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