Football is a sport where the number of participants decreases with increasing age, where the large loss of players occurs during high school (16 - 18 years). The dropouts are also made by players with early success, who have been selected and given special opportunities to develop.
The overall purpose of the project is to contribute knowledge about dropout and continuation processes in Swedish football. The focus is on creating knowledge about the processes that lead to players continuing or stopping playing football in a club. It involves to understand, describe and explain the factors that influence a player to continue or stop playing football and describe if there are any differences between girls and boys.
In the foreground, the project is about sustainable sports with a clear connection to a health perspective. In the background, there is a child rights perspective that highlights each individual's opportunity to develop and reach their own highest potential.
Given that research on men dominates the field, it is also important for the project to shed light on both women's and men's conditions.