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Analysis In Action: Part Four – Information On The Fly

There have been countless articles/webinars/etc. about performance analysis when the processes are clear – But what about when you have to act on the fly? When opponents change & adapt to you in new ways which you haven’t seen before – Leading to parity or your own side being left completely off guard? In the…

Performance Analysis Guide: How To Contextualise Your Tactical Analysis

When working in football – Whether it’s coaching/analysis/etc. Outside of the general technical skills required to do your job at a high level, the most important (and useful) attribute one can have is the ability to communicate your information effectively and in a way which is actionable and effective. I’ve spoken on this topic a…

Getting The Most Out Of Training Sessions With Effective Analysis

When it comes to analysis, it’s easy to be blinkered and focused on the outcomes. In the context of high level sport, this is obvious: The match. Watch games, find flaws & strengths, and then draw conclusions from there. Make no mistake – matches and competition are where you can garner the most efficient data-points…

How to Make your Strikers Play Like Erling Haaland, Part Two

When a striker walks on the world’s stage at 6’4″ and nearly 200 pounds, we don’t tend to comment on how they tenderly caress the ball. It’s monster trucks and mayhem, a demolition derby of hold-up play and headers, but never fine-tuned gambetadorial silk. That is—until now.

Reassessing Goalkeepers (Again): How Much Do They Influence Shooting?

Reassessing Goalkeepers (Again): How Much Do They Influence/Affect Shooting? Introduction Goalkeeper metrics and advanced data are still far from perfect, that’s not entirely news. It wasn’t until a few years ago that basic metrics such as save percentage were the barometer for what determined good goalkeeping – Save a lot of shots, and voila! That’s…

Analysis In Action: Part Three – Mailbag!

Analysis In Action: Mailbag! Answering Your Question On Analysis “In The Field” First off, to lead part three, I’d like to issue a thank you to everyone for reading this series thus far. When I first decided on sharing my experiences and writing this series, I didn’t think it would be as popular as it…

World Cup Qualifying – Honduras (1) – (4) USA: Tactical Analysis

 “Football is a tale of two-halves”, the old cliché couldn’t have been truer than when the USMNT travelled to Honduras for their 3rd round match of World Cup Qualifying. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the USMNT looked lost. Without ideas in possession, and a poor and uncoordinated pressing structure out of possession. With three subs made…

Analysis In Action: Part Two – Organizational Structures & Effective Feedback

Providing Effective And Organized Feedback Amongst The Chaos: Football is chaos – And your job as an analyst is to package/collect that chaos into something that is discernible and palatable. Fun, right? While that can be tough at times, having clarity in your organization juxtaposed with the game itself (not-organized/fluid, mostly) is a huge factor…

Coaching “Vision”: How to Turn Scanning Research into Training

The widely-held notion is, typically, that these players can see what others can’t, enabling them to then act on those esoteric opportunities. We call these people maestros or artists, in large part, due to their ability to create beauty out of what we might perceive as nothingness–but it’s often not the technical, execution-level ability, itself, that manifests in these stunning passes. It’s the amount of information they collect, and base their decisions off of, instead.

Analysis In Action: Part One – Self Collected Data

If I were to write an article about explaining various metrics, “what is performance analysis?”, and other topics about what advanced analytics/analysis is, it wouldn’t get a lot of traction – People are still obviously interested in these: It’s not 100% part-and-parcel of the game yet, and there is still a lot of negative reaction…

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