Sixto González-Víllora obtained two bachelor degrees (Primary Education Teacher and Sport Science) and received his PhD from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in 2008. His PhD research focused on the development of tactical knowledge and decision making in youth football players (Physical Education and Sport Performance program).
Since 2004-05, González-Víllora was member of the teaching and research academic staff at the Training Teacher School of Cuenca and the Department of Physical Education, Arts Education, and Music (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). He is Associate Professor. Currently holds the position of Academic Director at the Vice-Rectorate for Science Policy and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education of Albacete at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
His research interests focus on Models-Based Practice: the Games Centered Approach (GCA), Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), Cooperative Learning (CL) and on Sport Pedagogy (Sport Education Model), Sports Assessment and Sporting Talent Detection Processes (invasion sports and net sports). He also conducts research on Match Analysis in Team Sports (Tactics), Sports Training and other topics in Physical Education and Sports.
He is member of the research group Physical Activity and Sports Teaching. He is author of six books and ten book chapters and more than 100 articles in scientific journals (more than 90 published in international journals indexed on Web of Knowledge/Journal Citation Reports; more than 20 articles with impact factor Q1).
In the last 15 years, he has taught in postgraduate and graduate programs, congresses, seminars, etc. He has coordinated and organized many scientific and teaching activities. He collaborates with more than 15 scientific journals with main functions: reviewer, editorial board, etc. (E.g., European Journal of Sport Science, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Plos One, Sports, SportK, or Springer Plus).
González-Víllora has done research in various universities in the US (Columbia, South Carolina), Europe (Coimbra, Porto and Viana do Castelo, Portugal; or Bologna, Italy) and Latin America (Viçosa, Brazil).