A systemic overview of football game: The principles behind the game


  • Filipe Manuel Clemente Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra Coimbra College of Education, Portugal
  • Fernando Manuel Lourenço Martins Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra Coimbra College of Education, Portugal
  • Rui Sousa Mendes Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra Coimbra College of Education, Portugal
  • António José Figueiredo University of Coimbra, Portugal




Football, Systems, Principles of play, Pedagogy


The football game is a specific systemconstituted by many players’ interactions. The specific nature of such sportmust be properly analyzed and discussed in sport community in order tounderstand the principles that rules the system organization. As a team sportwith specific properties it is truly important to discuss how players’interactions from the dynamic nature of game. Therefore, the aim of this studyis to classify the football game as a team sport and to discuss their specificdynamic that determines the emergence of a tactical behavior and a strategicdefinition. Such discussion can be important to determine the specificpedagogical and didactical contents to teach at youth football training andeven in Physical Education classes.


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Clemente, F. M., Martins, F. M. L., Mendes, R. S., & Figueiredo, A. J. (2015). A systemic overview of football game: The principles behind the game. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 9(2), 656–667. https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2014.92.05



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