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Match Analysis to Training - Chris Carling

Introduction
There is a permanent need for objective, accurate and pertinent feedback on match performance. Coaches are unable to recall every sequence of events correctly and may sometimes fail to appreciate where successful plays originated or mistakes began. Information obtained from match analysis techniques (e.g. video analysis, live observer match reports) provides a means of evaluation through quantifying and qualifying various characteristics of individual and team performance (physical, technical, tactical). Feedback on performance can then be presented to players in various formats such as video and statistics and used to prepare specific coaching sessions and to help determine the most appropriate strategy/tactics to adopt against upcoming opponents.

This scenario provides a practical example of the match analysis process used to examine crossing performance.

GA1Situation
In the post-match review, the coach feels that the team had a lot of possession but lacked width and produced vary few crosses. Additionally, over the last few matches, the centre-forwards seem to be struggling to get on the end of any crosses played into the penalty box. The team plays a 4-4-2 system and the team strategy is to encourage and create space to allow the fullbacks to get forward. The team is not conceding goals, but seems to be over-relying on its two forward players to create scoring chances.

Observation/Analysis 
The coach asks the club’s match analyst to provide detailed statistics on ball possession, crosses and chances created and zone coverage. These statistics will be used by the coach to back up the next team-talk presentation. The match analyst also works on producing an edited video presentation of attacking actions to compliment the statistics.

Evaluation
Having compiled the information, the match analysis provides the coach with a report which is then evaluated. The report shows that:

  • ·         The team had 58 % ball possession.
  • ·         Only 4 clear scoring chances were created with two shots on goal.
  • ·         Only 2 crosses were made by the fullbacks, none leading to a scoring chance.
  • ·         Only 7 ball touches were made by the fullbacks in deep attacking positions on the wing.
  • ·         Zone coverage maps show that the full-backs did not get forward and stayed relatively deep.
  • ·         90% of attacking match actions took place in central areas.
  • ·         A further analysis over the last 5 matches show that only 2 crosses out of 10 found an attacking player in the penalty area.

GA2Feedback
The coach gets the team together to discuss the lack of penetration in wing areas. The players are presented with the statistical performance and the edited match video. The coach mentions that around a third of goals come from crosses in top-flight soccer and that this is the level the team should be aiming towards. Using a list of selected attacks the players visualise the action and are ‘walked’ through instances where the fullbacks could and should have got forward. The video also allows the coach to clearly highlight the fullback’s positions in relation to the ball. The coach tries to make the problem a team issue and not to alienate these particular players. Finally, the session finishes with the two instances of good performance where the fullbacks managed to get a cross in and the players are asked to comment on the differences in performance.

The coach then moves onto the problem of the two strikers getting on the end of the crosses. The strikers feel that they are spending too much time out wide trying to create width for the team and therefore are not getting into the penalty area. The coach assures the strikers that the fullbacks will contribute more to the attack and that they should concentrate on the timing of their runs into the box. Satisfied that the players have understood where they are going wrong, the coach then sets the fullbacks a realistic target of three crosses each per match and challenges the forwards to get on the end of at least two of these crosses.

Training
At the end of the session, the coach presents the week's training content and how it will be planned. The main focus of the week will be to practice attacking drills based on getting fullbacks to overlap and cross in deep attacking positions and improving the movement in the penalty area of the two centre-forwards to get on the end of crosses.

For more information call Liam at 086-3162312 or email: liam@sportscam.ie

 

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