chapter  74
The Influential Role of Task Constraints in Acquiring Football Skills
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Co-ordination involves the patterning of limb movements in respect to environmental events and objects (Turvey, 1990). Effective co-ordination of the body in football is essential-how else could players manage to intercept the ball, bring it under control and kick with considerable force whilst still ensuring accuracy. Currently, the physical, mental and competitive demands at the highest levels of the game have increased to such an extent that players who exhibit inefficient and poorly co-ordinated techniques stand little chance of achieving success. Therefore, it is essential for football coaches to have a firm understanding of how appropriate co-ordination can be achieved by players in order that appropriate practice strategies can be devised (Davids, Button and Bennett, 2003).