Document Type : Research Paper


1 Phd of Sport Management, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran,Tehran, Iran

2 Academic member, Faculty of Sport Sciences,Shahid Chamran University ofAhvaz, Ahvaz, Iran

3 Associated professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences,Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran


The aim of this study was to compare the criteria and design a pattern to select professional head coaches in football. The sample consisted of 1141 subjects including 379 coaches, 210 players, 38 managers, 130 sport journalists and 384 spectators who were selected using Krejcie and Morgan Table by interval method. The research methodology was descriptive-survey and a researcher-made
questionnaire was used to collect data; its content validity was examined through the viewpoints of university professors and football head coaches and its construct validity was examined through exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis tests using SPSS and AMOS software. The value of KMO was at 0.73 and its reliability was equal to 0.87 with Cronbach’s alpha coefficient. For data analysis, Friedman test was used to prioritize selective criteria. MANOVA analysis test was used to compare the subjects’ viewpoints and one-way ANOVA in the context of MANOVA was used to determine the location of the differences in MANOVA. The results showed a difference in the subjects’ viewpoints on prioritizing selective criteria. The most and least important criteria to select professional football head coaches were technical skills and work experience as a football player.


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