PRE-COMPETITIVE ANXIETY IN SOCCER PLAYERS

Marko Erceg, Mirjana Milić, Vujica Živković

72 senior soccer players filled out a CSAI-2 questionnaire for assessing somatic and cognitive anxiety level and direction, as well as self-confidence, immediately before the match. The first group was made up of soccer players (N=36) who played a first league match, and the second group was made up of soccer players (N=36) who played a second league match. Variance analysis did not show any statistically important differences in the somatic anxiety component between soccer players of different levels of competition. First league soccer players had a statistically higher level of cognitive anxiety, while second league soccer players had a significantly higher level of self-confidence. The results of direction of somatic and cognitive anxiety, as well as self-confidence, significantly differ between the soccer players of different levels of competition. It is obvious that the uncertainty of a match result influences the rise of somatic and cognitive anxiety level, although it is not necessarily reflected negatively on the players` success and concentration. Further research should follow state anxiety in more than one instance, i.e., matches during the whole competition season.

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