Football Science Groningen (FSG) is a focus point and an independent part of the Sport Science Institute Groningen.
The goal of FSG is to exchange knowledge in the world of football through research, education and innovation. Establishing FSG was a logical step considering the developments of football research conducted in Groningen, which has been done for over fifteen years now. This research has led to more than ten PhD programs and over sixty scientific publications which are internationally widely cited and valued.
The football research currently focuses on several topics, including:
- Talent recognition and development
- Load, recovery and capacity
- Skill development
- Match analyses
- Mental and cognitive processes
- Economic aspects
Football Science Groningen works closely together with sport scientists, coaches, players and organizations from football practice. Amongst them are various Dutch football clubs, including FC Groningen, SC Heerenveen, AZ, PSV, Vitesse, NEC and FC Twente. In collaboration with the Dutch football association, the KNVB, various projects have been developed and a research agenda has been created for the coming years.
Besides many national projects, FSG has a strong international cooperation with football associations and renowned football clubs from countries such as Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Indonesia and Brazil.
Together with FC Groningen, a Football Science Lab will be developed, which will include a modern and innovative measurement infrastructure.
In addition to optimizing football performances, health and the social and economic aspects of football will get more attention from FSG. In the near future, existing collaborations will be intensified and new ones created, in which the collaboration and interaction between football practice and sport science will be priority.
Three main themes
We distinguish three main themes of football research: Football & Performance, Football & Healthy Aging and Football & Sustainable Society.
Football & Performance includes research that aims to optimize football performance. It ranges from talent recognition and development, training and testing, match analysis, technical and tactical skills and psychological skills.
The research within the theme of Football & Healthy Aging includes preventing injuries and illnesses and optimizing recovery. In order to get better, football players need to push their limits. However, if players are pushed too hard, negative consequences arise for both the performance and the health of the player.
The third main theme of football research is Football & Sustainable Society. Sports do not only have an effect on the athletes, but also on their environment. Groningen research focuses on these effects from a wide range of perspectives, from economic and; social to demographic perspectives.