2020, Volume 16, Issue 1
Personality of male and female practising competitive football
Paweł Piepiora1, Ewa Kaźmierczak1, Kazimierz Witkowski1
1University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland
Author for correspondence: Paweł Piepiora; University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background and Study Aim: Previous studies on personality in sport have shown that there is a profile that characterizes athletes. But in terms of the relationship between personality and gender, the results are not clear. The aim of the study was the knowledge about the personality of male and female practicing competitive football.
Material and Methods: The study was chosen deliberately: the first male team and the first female team of the 1Sports Club “Ślęza” Wrocław (n = 60), thirty male players and thirty female players were selected for the study. The NEO-FFI Personality Inventory was used as the method.
Results: A statistically significant difference was noted only in the neuroticism scale.
Conclusions: The personality of people practicing football was typical for active sports people (low neuroticism, high extraversion and conscientiousness, and average openness to experience and agreeableness) but female football players were more neurotic (less emotionally stable) in relation to male football players. The view was taken that sports activity and gender shape the personality of athletes.
Key words: sport psychology, NEO-FFI, internal motivation, gender