Investıgatıon Of Level Of Amateur Footballs
Objective: This study aims to analyse the loneliness levels of amateur football players according to a number of variables. Material and Method: 504 footballers playing in differing categories of local amateur leagues in Balıkesir province agreed to take part in this descriptive study. Question forms to find the participants’ defining characteristics and the “UCLA Loneliness Scale” adapted into Turkish by Demir (1989) were used in this study in data collection. The appropriacy of UCLA Loneliness Scale for normal distribution was evaluated with Kolmogorov Smirnov test. Because the data did not have normal distribution, Man Whitney U test and Kruskal Wallis test were used in comparing the levels of loneliness. Findings: It was found that loneliness rank averages for the athletes who had said that they always did recreational activities were significantly lower than those who had said that they never did recreational activities (p<0.05). of the participants, the rank average scores of those who lived with their family were significantly higher than those who stayed in a dormitory or who shared a flat with their friends (p<0.05). It was found that the participants’ rank averages for their levels of loneliness did not differ significantly according to age. Conclusion: The athletes who got injured were found to feel lonelier than those who did not get injured and thus their rank averages for loneliness levels were higher. The rank averages for loneliness levels of high school graduates were significantly higher than those who were two-year university graduates, university graduates or those holding a post-graduate degree. Of the athletes participating in the study, those who said that they always participated in recreational activities had significantly lower rank averages of loneliness than those who said that they never participated in recreational activities. It is believed that this study will guide practitioners (trainers, administrators, etc.) in doing different activities and in supporting athletes by considering their loneliness levels and the situations in which they suffer from loneliness (such as injuries and less participation in free time activities) in the light of research findings. In this context, we can reach the conclusion that providing athletes playing in amateur leagues with treatment service during their disability and offering them psychological and mental activities will help them to return to sport.

Loneliness, football, amateur