Study of Emotional Intelligence among male soccer players at different playing positions
This study examined the emotional intelligence among male soccer players. To obtain data, the investigators had selected one hundred sixty five (N = 165) male soccer players of 16 to 19 years of age to act as subjects. They were divided into four groups: (i.e., N1 = 50 Defenders, N2 = 50 Midfielders and N3 = 50 Strikers, N4=15 goalkeepers). The purposive sampling technique was used to select the subjects. All the subjects, after having been informed about the objective and protocol of the study, gave their consent and volunteered to participate in this study. To measure the level of emotional intelligence of the subjects, the emotional intelligence scale constructed by Hyde et al. (2001) was administered. One Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was employed to compare the different playing positions in soccer players. Where F values were found significant, Scheffe's post-hoc test was applied to find out the direction and degree of difference. The level of significance was set at 0.05. The results revealed no significant difference with regard to emotional intelligence among male soccer players at different playing positions.