In collaboration with Payame Noor University and Scientific Association of Sports Management of Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty Member in University of Arak

2 Sport Management, University of Ferdowsi

3 Sport Management, University of Gilan


The purpose of current study was to identify and prioritize the evaluation indicators of the performance
soccer coaches in Iran premier league from the viewpoint of coaches and soccer players. Statistical
population consisted of all soccer head coaches and coaches (n=72) and Iranian’s soccer players
(n=277) in 10th premier league (2010-2011). Total population was chosen as the sample which, in last,
70 coaches and 197 soccer players, totally 267 persons, participated in this study. The date was
collected using a five Likert-type scale questionnaire include 60 items by a Semi-Structured interview.
The validity was confirmed by knowledgeable masters, soccer experts and coaches. The reliability was
calculated by Cronbach’s alpha (α= 0.92). Exploratory factor analysis with a Direct oblimin rotation,
ANOVA with repeated measure and Bonferroni post-hoc at Panalysis. Based on the result of factor analysis, 57 items were classified into five factors. The most
significant factors in evaluating the performance of soccer coaches are Technical & Educational (15
items), Behavioral and Cultural (13 items), Team and Personal Management (11 items), Preservation
and Promotion of Team (10 items), and Experience and Background (8 items), respectively. Also, there
was a significant difference between the priority of all evaluation factors of coaches' performance
(except between Technical & Educational and Behavioral & Cultural) (P≤ 0.05). Finally, sport experts
and managers can evaluate the coaches by technical criteria according to the high priority of Technical
& Educational and Behavioral and Cultural factors in this study; and evaluating the behavioral and
cultural skills of coaches is important because of their vast communication with soccer players.