Do You Analyse Your Games Sufficiently?

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Soccer games can be thrilling but even in the most tedious matches there will always be plenty of action for a coach to analyse. However, are you analysing correctly or just simply watching the match? Do you write down on paper, or mentally, what you observe on the field? Do you watch out for areas in need of some work, either with individual players or as a team? By analysing correctly each game, you will come up with many topics to use a basis for future coaching sessions.

Frequently during a match, a player may not have ball possession for long periods of time. Whenever this is the case, he should be getting himself correctly positioned to help out in attack or defence, whichever is needed. When he does win the ball or receive a pass, what he does with it is crucial. There are three points you need to address when analysing your squad. These are:

  • From a variety of choices, which one did the player choose?

Consider… Did he choose a sensible option? Was he alert to what was happening around him, as regards opposition or support? Should he have passed the ball quickly or kept control? Did he make the optimum use of available space? Did he over play the ball? Was possession used efficiently and effectively? Did he lose position or allow the team to become exposed?

These are only some points to contemplate whilst watching your team play. It’s not possible to instruct during emotionally charged action in a fast moving game but once the player has made his decision, it leads to the second point in the analysis procedure.

  • Which technique did the player use?

Again, consider… Once the player has made his decision, observe which technique he employed. Was it an appropriate choice for the situation? Did it turn out as he had anticipated?

  • How well did the player carry out the technique?

Once the player has decided which action to take and how he should go about it, his next task is to perform the manoeuvre. Observe his technical performance, how he holds his body, his footwork, his balance and his attitude.

By considering these three points, you should be aware of the player’s coaching needs. These points can also be adapted to allow you to analyse the performance of the team as a whole. Evaluate:

  • How well they perform in counter attack
  • Regrouping after possession of the ball is lost
  • Using penetration during attack
  • How defence is played
  • Is width being utilized?

Analysing how the team make decisions as a group, how they move as a team, how well they communicate and how they utilize skill, should help you evaluate key areas needing coaching and improvement.

By using these three points, you can identify the developmental requirements and incorporate them into coaching sessions.

Remember each of the three points:

  • From a variety of choices, which one did the player choose?
  • Which technique did the player use?
  • How well did the player carry out the technique?