Talent identification and development in women's football : integrating Australian insights in Jordan

  • Nehad Mohammad Makhadmeh

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    This thesis investigates the possibilities for sustainable girls’ and women’s participation in football in Jordan. These possibilities are explored with insights gained from fieldwork in two cultural contexts: Al ramtha, Jordan and Canberra, Australia. The research reported here uses a mixed methods approach to data collection about talent and identification systems. It combines desk study, semi-structured interviews with teachers, coaches and administrators and participant observation in teaching and coaching contexts. There were two phases in the research process. Phase 1 explored talent identification and development pathways in women’s football and involved preliminary fieldwork in Canberra and Al ramtha. Phase 2 investigated the teaching of football in two Jordanian schools with the context of the King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness. This phase included fieldwork in Canberra with my participation as a volunteer coach in a community football club. The thesis concludes with a discussion of sustainable talent identification and development in women’s football in Jordan and considers opportunities to integrate insights gained from women’s football in Australia.
    Date of Award2015
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorKeith Lyons (Supervisor) & Stuart Cathcart (Supervisor)

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