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The importance of shared understanding within football teams.

Malone, Michael K.; Lorimer, Ross


Ross Lorimer


Within a football team, it is vital for coaches to acknowledge the importance of their players having the knowledge of what is required in specific roles in the team and what their other team members are likely to do in certain situations. This mutual knowledge can be defined as shared understanding – the ability for two or more people to have similar thoughts in specific situations based on their experience together. This paper considers what shared understanding is, its importance within team sports like football and the positive implications for teams who have players with accurate shared understanding. This paper provides practical suggestions for how coaches can develop shared understanding within their team.


MALONE, M.K. and LORIMER, R. 2020. The importance of shared understanding within football teams. Journal of sport psychology in action [online], 11(3), pages 196-210. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2020
Online Publication Date May 13, 2020
Publication Date Sep 30, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 14, 2021
Journal Journal of sport psychology in action
Print ISSN 2152-0704
Electronic ISSN 2152-0712
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 196-210
Keywords Athlete-athlete dyads; Coordination; Football; Shared understanding; Sports psychology
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