Opposition Analysis A Vital Tool For Any Club

We have now completed a very busy game schedule with our draw against Melbourne Victory last Thursday.

We have now completed a very busy game schedule with our draw against Melbourne Victory last Thursday.

A late goal has seen us again come from behind to secure a point but we should have won this game. However, our team is still well and truly in the finals race and with 8 games in the regular season to go it is time to finish strongly.

Our players are refreshed from having a lower training load last week. After such a busy schedule it was imperative to have a few days off to physiologically and psychologically refresh for this final stage of the season.

Preparation has begun for our next opponent Newcastle and this includes video analysis of our opponent then using this analysis to determine tactics. We look at our opponents defence and attack and a variety of other statistics so we are as well informed as possible.

Every player receives a copy of this analysis and an analysis of each opposing player so there are no surprises come game day. This type of analysis can be done at any level and all that it requires is observation. There are a number of key points that can be identified in any team and you need to work to exploit their weaknesses whilst being respectful of their strengths.

It is possible to over analyse and it is a fine line but in my experience players prefer direct and simple communication. Some players will like more information and we can give specific video clips of their opponent, for example, how they dribble, do they go inside or out etc etc as players follow similar patterns week in week out.

Whatever level you play or whatever you do preparation is often the key to success.

I hope all the kids are enjoying being back at school and I look forward to our game on the weekend at SFS. As always we need your support.

Dr Craig Duncan (twitter) @drcraigduncan (email) craigd@sydneyfc.com