Unraveling the Role of Passion and Personality

Football player with a backdrop of a stadium, representing the path to success fueled by passion.

What truly propels a footballer to stardom? Recent research from H. Sigmundsson and his team at the Norwegian University delves deep into this intriguing question. As most football coaches might acknowledge, multiple factors influence whether players ascend to the zenith of the sport. But in today’s age, with numerous studies suggesting that talent prediction is nebulous, what personality traits amplify one’s odds of realizing their professional football dreams?

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A Comprehensive Study: Passion’s Role in Football Excellence

H. Sigmundsson’s recent publication, “Passion a Key for Success: Exploring Motivational Factors in Football Players,” aimed to discern which personality determinants were pivotal in attaining football greatness.

Research Methodology and Participant Selection

A total of forty-six male footballers were meticulously chosen for this comprehensive study. The participants were categorized into two distinct samples: the Sogndal Football elite with an average age of 22.32 (SD = 4.86, N = 25), and the Sogn og Fjordane County team with an average age of 14.85 (SD = 0.35, N = 21). To gauge players’ skills, coaches were tasked with ranking them based on their football proficiency. This stratagem provided researchers a clear insight into the players’ quality.

To further understand the players, they were handed a meticulously curated questionnaire, segmented into three vital categories: Passion, Persistence-Interest, and Mindset. Renowned scales such as the Passion Scale, The Grit S Scale, and the Theories of Intelligence Scale were employed for this purpose.

The Revealing Outcomes

From the acquired data, it was apparent that players who received higher rankings from coaches exhibited significantly elevated passion levels. This observation held true for both older and younger groups. Surprisingly, no discernible difference emerged in the Persistence-Interest and Mindset dimensions. Thus, the research unambiguously underscored that Passion is indispensable for peak performances and evolving into an adept footballer.

A Personal Perspective on the Study

While the power of passion as a success catalyst is universally recognized, and I certainly concur with the study’s conclusion, I believe there are nuances that warrant contemplation. Primary among them is the coach’s subjective ranking of his players—perceptions often diverge regarding players’ competencies. Furthermore, the self-assessment questionnaires can be tricky, riddled with the pitfalls of socially desirable responses and question interpretation. In essence, while the study illuminates a facet of the larger picture, it’s paramount to see it in that light.

For coaches curious about gauging their players’ passion, consider integrating the following queries into a tailored questionnaire. Players should respond on a scale ranging from 1 (not at all like me) to 5 (very much like me).

To conclude, here’s a compelling take on passion worth your time: Link to video


H. Sigmundsson, B.H. Dybendal, J.M. Loftesnes, B. Ă“lafsson, S. Grassini, Passion a key for success: Exploring motivational factors in football players, New Ideas in Psychology, Volume 65, 2022, 100932, ISSN 0732-118X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2022.100932.

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