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The Italian Football championship had to be stopped

Competitions are situations in which teams and athletes are confronted with the guarantee that they are organized to allow each participant to compete in a context of equal opportunities for all. Otherwise, beyond the skills expressed on the field by the teams, some will be facilitated while others will be disadvantaged by the changes made in the organizational context.

In Italy, due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Lega Serie A and the Federazione Gioco Calcio have had to take decisions in relation to the conduct of the matches, being able to choose between different options.

It was decided to postpone some matches until mid-May, in the geographical area most affected by the virus and to allow the others to take place. I am not discussing the need not to let them play, at cause they would have put at risk the health of citizens in the affected areas, this is a choice that is up to the football managers on the basis of expert advice (Ministry of Health).

The football managers’ choices to postpone certain matches do not guarantee equal opportunities for the championship because the level of preparation of the teams today is certainly not what they will have in more than two months’ time, so that the advantage of being at the top of the league table or chasing them will not be real but will be conditioned by waiting for the results of the postponed matches, because it is very likely that the teams involved will have to play a large number of matches in May which will affect their performances, because the results of the international cups will affect the teams’ attitudes on the pitch.

In my opinion, the football executives have made the worst decision they could have made, further increasing the climate of suspicion that still continues to be present in Italian football. It would have been more appropriate, in order to guarantee the regularity of the championship, to suspend it for one or more weeks until the health situation had returned to be safe.

Accounting doping is a type of social deception

Doping contabile la Figc si muove per evitare il crac : alcune società di calcio in sostanza si servirebbero di transazioni fasulle tra due club, allo scopo di inserire nei bilanci i nuovi arrivi con una valutazione utile a iscrivere la squadra al campionato o a rispettare il fair play della FIFA.

Si tratta di una forma d’inganno che prevede l’ottenimento di un risultato vantaggioso per la società che lo ordisce, fornendo agli ingannati (Figc, FIFA, altre società di calcio e propri dipendenti) notizie false.

Si può definire, quindi, in termini di azione sociale finalizzata a nascondere gli scopi reali perseguiti da chi inganna e tesa a fare ottenere a loro benefici tangibili. Per la psicologia cognitiva “un inganno è un atto o tratto di un organismo M che ha la finalità di non far avere a un organismo I una conoscenza vera che per quell’organismo è rilevante, e che non rivela tale finalità” (Castelfranchi e Poggi, 1998, p.55). La concezione di atto a cui si fa riferimento parlando di frode riguarda essenzialmente processi consapevoli, condotti in maniera intenzionale. Infatti, le frodi … sono sostanzialmente azioni che si caratterizzano in termini di volontarietà nella ricerca delle strategie d’inganno e dei modi per attuarle. Un’altra componente cruciale del processo di frode consiste nella rilevanza dell’inganno per gli ingannati … La terza condizione, rappresentata dalla mancanza di conoscenza … In altre parole è stato fatto credere il falso e non è stato fatto sapere il vero.

Queste considerazioni introducono un quarto aspetto presente nel processo dell’inganno. Riguarda il non far sapere all’ingannato che lo si sta ingannando. Quando si falsifica si compie esattamente questo tipo di operazione, si forniscono notizie false con il dichiarato intento di far credere che siano vere e si compiono azioni per convincere gli ingannati della bontà di quanto dichiarato.

…  Se la frode consiste, ad esempio, nell’alterazione di bilanci societari o nel mascheramento della loro reale consistenza, allo scopo di ottenere vantaggi per la propria impresa … a consapevole discapito di altri soggetti, risulta abbastanza evidente che le quattro condizioni presentate per illustrare il concetto d’inganno si possono applicare anche al concetto di frode finanziaria e al doping”.

Movimento special issue: women soccer (English abstract)


Book review: Allenare nel calcio femminile

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The sport psychologist in football school… is elite

The Italian Football Federation was the only one Federation requiring the sport psychologist for theFootball schools who wish to become qualified or elite, as they are currently defined. This year the Federation delete this rule, this step back requires an equally significant reaction from the sport psychologists engaged in youth football. The official statement indicates that the Football school to be called élite could, among ohers options, “develop a training project during the football season, in collaboration with one ” Sports Psychologist ” experienced and certified.”

The contribution of such experience must be identified in the implementation of projects supporting specific figures involved in the educational process of the child (staff, parents, etc.).”
The psychologist will be an optional choice of the Football school, it’s no more mandatory to have in the club staff the psychologist. The clinical psychologist organize, very often in the Football school, improbable meetings with parents, however, such activity has nothing to do with sport psychology. So what she does and what she offer the sport psychologist in a Football school to really become an élite tool?
Through my experience in youth football I can define some basic guidelines, characterizing a project of sport psychology in Football school: the adequacy of the method adapted to the age of young athletes, the social surrounding and the organizational environment; the use of specific psychological tools; the continuity of the times, the constant monitoring and validation; planning specific psychological objectives, also across the other areas (technical, tactical, motor skills), the design of practical interventions allowing the achievement of shared goals.
Here are a number of proposals that must be developed, organized and obviously adapted to the context:

  • Training of coaches
  • Observation on the pitch and data sharing
  • Meeting with parents with a previous needs analysis, they have to be scheduled and conducted through interactive teaching techniques
  • Integrated projects, on specific topics within the club and the territory
  • Professional lab with psychologists and coaches
  • Studies-research on particular soccer aspects

These are just some of the many practical suggestions that the sport psychologist may propose in a Football school.
Finally I would like to remind both psychologists and Football school collaborators that it’s not possible any collaboration without a fundamental activity: stay in the pitch. One day, after listening to my experience, a manager of Football school asked me amazed: but then the psychologist stay in the pitch?
Sports psychologist has to stay in the pitch and there is no sport professional that it does not touch the green rectangle and this is even more true when we talk about children and football.
The activities that can be performed are varied and can, if well organized, have a strong impact on the Football school performances. If you are a sport psychologists or a Football School professional, contact me if you want to learn more.

(by Daniela Sepio)

Young prisoners become football coaches

Sport as a tool for social integration, learning to teach football to enter in the world of work. It was concluded January 28 the second Course  for future youth coaches ​​organized in Lazio by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for young held in the prison “Casal del Marmo” in Rome. Young Italians, Romanians, North Africans and of other nationalities have received from Luca Pancalli, President of the Youth and Scholastic Dept. of Italian Football Federation,  a diploma that will permit them to attend to a Course for FIGC coaches, when they come out from the prison. An important first step in a process that in the coming months could bring these young to work for clubs, not only in Lazio but also in other Italian regions.

“It ‘ a very fulfilling experience – explains the regional coordinator of the SGS -FIGC Lazio, Patrizia Minocchi – made ​​possible by a staff of coaches, sport psychologists, and physicians really good. There were about twenty guys who have taken the Course and all did  the final exam, which involved  a project work and a practical test in the pitch.  The night before the exam many of them did not sleep for the excitement. The next Course is expected to begin by the end of May. “We have also decided to make a documentary film – says Patrizia Minocchi – because we would like to repeat this teaching model throughout the country. Football has a truly universal language and it is right that everyone can see the results of this wonderful experience.”

Are too old the ethic rules?

At least 10 years ago in a publication of the Italian Football Federation dedicated to football, school and education we wrote .

Whatever my role in the sport , even that of a spectator , I pledge to:

  • Make each game , no matter the stakes and the importance of the event, a special moment, a kind of celebration
  • Conform to the rules and the spirit of sport practiced
  • Respect my opponents like myself
  • Accept the decisions of the referees and judges sports, knowing that, like me, have the right to error, but they do everything to commit
  • Avoid aggression in my actions, in my words and in my writings
  • Do not use tricks nor deceit to gain success
  • Remain worthy in victory as in defeat
  • Helping other sports with my presence, my experience and my understanding
  • Help any athlete injured, whose life is in danger
  • Really be an ambassador of the sport, helping to enforce around me the principles established here

But now we hear that saying “S… ” is just a word like any other because it is widely used in everyday language and so it is not offensive. It’s clear, the guys who insult the players are not delinquents as those that football has accustomed us to see, and who are not prosecuted. This does not mean that children should be taught the good manners and to behave in public, primarily by parents.