Study: Attention (tests) in Brazilian soccer

Learn here how important attention is for soccer players with special performance.

What is the secret of Brazilian soccer players? Maybe it is their high attention skills. For a recent study entitled "The Attention As a Key Element to Improve Tactical Behaviour Efficiency of Young Soccer Players", the skills of young Brazilian soccer players were tested using our test COG.

The aim of the study was to investigate associations between attention and tactical behavioural efficiency of young soccer players with similar formal training time and comparable level of competition. For this purpose, 80 young football players from Brazilian clubs were tested with the test COG - Cognitrone of the Vienna Test System to assess the players' attention. In addition, the System of Tactical Assessment in Soccer (FUT-SAT) was used to assess the players' tactical behavioural efficiency. The results of the study show that attention correlates with the tactical behavioural efficiency of young football players. Looking at the sum of "correct reactions" and the sum of "incorrect reactions" as well as the results of the tactical evaluation, players with high attention were tactically more efficient. Thus, the hypothesis that attention is one of the predictors of tactical behavioural efficiency in young football players was confirmed.

In terms of training, the results of the study indicate the importance of attention training in young soccer players. Although young players can be in a homogeneous group, inefficient attention training can lead to different outcomes in learning.


Cabral de Andrade, M. O., González-Víllora, S., Casanova, F., & Teoldo, I. (2020). The Attention As a Key Element to Improve Tactical Behavior Efficiency of Young Soccer Players. Revista De Psicología Del Deporte (Journal of Sport Psychology), 29(2), 47–55. Retrieved from