The present study aimed to compare by age group, sex, competitive level, game position, and years of soccer practice of Mozambican soccer players as a function of cognitive orientations for the ego and task. The sample consisted of 443 soccer players from 32 clubs, 196 (44.2%) female and 247 (55.8%) male, aged between 16 and 37 years. To carry out the study, the version translated and validated into Portuguese of the Task and Ego Orientation in Sport Questionnaire – TEOSQ was applied. The results show that soccer players obtained high values for cognitive task orientation (4.01 ± 1.07) and moderately low values for ego orientation (2.72 ± 1.17). Given the results, it is concluded that the type of cognitive orientation of sports practice is an important factor that distinguishes Mozambican footballers. There is a predominance of a task-oriented cognitive orientation in these footballers, favoring a greater manifestation of sporting attitudes following the literary evidence in other football contexts.
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