Background: It’s important to know the psychological characterization (emotional and cognitive) to the preparation of the football players. So, this study aimed to characterize the
psychological profile of Brazilian football players, comparing man and woman.
Methods: We evaluated 29 woman (W) (mean age: 16 years, SD=3,62) and 29 man (M) (mean age: 22 years, SD=3,25) of two teams from São Paulo state. We used the following instruments to
this characterization: Profile of Mood States (POMS), Sport Competition Anxiety Test (SCAT), Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 (CSAI-2), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Recovery Stress Questionnaire
for Athletes (Sport RESTQ-76), Rosemberg Self-Esteem Scale, Resilience Scale, Motivation Inventory (IMPRAFE-54), Trait Sport-Confidence Inventory (TSCI), Bredemeier Athletic Aggression Inventory
(BAAGI), Body Image Scale, The World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQoL-Bref), Concentrated Attention Test (Teste AC), Pictorial Test of Memory (TEPIC-M), Codes and Abstract Reasoning
subtests of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), Coloured Trail Making Test (TTC).
Results: The results showed statistically significant differences: anxiety: W=21.2, M=18.6, p=0.014; aggression: W=73.9, M=70.3, p=0.05; body image: W=79.7, M=98.5, p<0.001;
self-confidence: W=78.9, M=93.2, p<0.001, self-esteem: W=10.6, M=4.3, p<0.001; quality of life: W=3.9, M=4.3, p=0.01; competitiveness motivational aspect: W=32.2, M=35.4, p=0.017; vigor component of
mood states: W=15.31, M=19.4, p=0.005; speed processing: W=79.6, M=56.3, p<0.001; perceptual tracking: W=17.6, M=36.9, p=0.003; memory: W=16.9, M=14.2, p=0.003; focused attention: W=75.5, M=88.9,
Conclusions: The male athletes showed higher levels compared to the female athletes in the following emotional aspects: anxiety, aggression, body image, self-confidence, self-esteem,
quality of life, and competitiveness motivational aspect and vigor component of mood states. For the cognitive aspects, female athletes showed best levels in: speed processing, perceptual tracking and
memory, while male athletes showed better levels in focused attention. Thus, the psychological profile proposed in this study proved useful to measure psychological aspects of athletes and can be used
as a guide for intervention and psychological preparation in football, possible to be expanded to other sports.