Effects of experience, knowledge and skill on regulating the performance of futsal passing actions

Silvia Leticia Da Silva *, Bruno Travassos **, Keith Davids ***/****, Alexandre Moreira *, Antonio Sabino Da Silva Filho * and Umberto Cesar Corrêa *

(*) Escola de Educação Física e Esporte, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
(**) Department of Sports Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
(***) Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
(****) FiDiPro Programme, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


Leticia Da Silva, S., Travassos, B., Davids, K., Moreira, A., Sabino Da Silva Filho, A., Cesar Corrêa, U. (2017). Effects of experience, knowledge and skill on regulating the performance of futsal passing actions. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48(1), 37-49. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2017.48.037


This study investigated how individuals with different levels of experience, knowledge, and skill made decisions on passing the ball during competitive games of futsal, based on information about angular interpersonal coordination with teammates and opponents. For this purpose, we analysed 80 passes performed by 40 male players (M = 13.0 years, SD = 0.7) differentiated by levels of experience, knowledge, and skill. Results revealed that: (1) players with low levels of knowledge performed successful passes with higher initial angular values than unsuccessful passes; and (2), experienced and skilful players completed successful passes based on information of the variability of emergence of angular interpersonal coordination. The findings revealed the attunement of players to the emergent dynamics of relationships with their teammates, and their teammates’ marking defenders, as a crucial aspect of effective decision-making on where and whom to pass to.

Keywords: Angular relationship, Decision-making, Futsal passing