Characteristics of Youth Soccer Players Who Drop Out, Persist, or Move Up

Review by: William A. Harper
By Antonio J. Figueiredo, Carlos E. Goncalves, Manuel J. Coelho E Silva, and Robert M. Malina

The Big Idea

The customary belief about youth and sports is that the youngsters who drop out of youth sports are developmentally disadvantaged somehow when compared to those who succeed over time.  But a question immediately arises:  What is meant by developmental disadvantage?

The big idea of this research study is to help remove some of the mystery behind what kinds of differences between youngsters are or are not relatively predictive of longer term success in sport in general, and in soccer in particular.