Opposition Scouting & Analysis




As you progress through this course, you will see real life examples of scouting reports and techniques used by elite level coaches and analysts in the professional, youth and college game.

Our syllabus is designed specifically to educate coaches on the essential aspects of breaking down the opposition, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and introducing the ways in which coaches share this information with their players.

With exclusive video interviews and reading material carefully selected by professional opposition analysts and scouts, learners will also be introduced to the principles of educating players to improve pre-game preparation.

Using real life data on Major league soccer, participants will complete scouting tasks on set pieces, attacking and defensive concepts. Our unique final project asks the learner to break down a game using the knowledge and skills they have learned before submitting your task for constructive feedback from a professional opposition analyst.

What Are The Course Modules?

  1. Introduction
  2. Why do we analyze the opposition?
  3. Basic principles of report structure and provision of useful resources
  4. Analyzing the opposition in attack
  5. Using data to analyze the opposition in attack
  6. Analyzing the opposition in defense
  7. Using data to analyze the opposition in defense
  8. Analyzing set pieces
  9. Analyzing individuals
  10. Using data to analyze individuals
  11. Presenting scouting information to players
  12. Involving players in the game planning process
  13. Incorporating scouting information into training
  14. Scouting report submission (to be reviewed and feedback provided)

Who Are The Contributors?

  • Matt Pilkington – Head Coach, New York City F.C. U19’s
  • Mark Krikorian – Head Coach, Florida State University Women’s Soccer
  • Wilmer Cabrera – Head Coach, Houston Dynamo
  • George Gelnovatch – Head Coach, University of Virginia Men’s Soccer
  • Lucy Rushton – Head of Performance Analysis & Technical Recruitment, Atlanta United
  • Sam Lawson – Performance Analyst, U.S. Women’s National Team
  • Oliver Gage – Head of Performance Analysis & Technical Recruitment, Houston Dynamo
  • Ewan Sharp – Performance Analyst, New York Red Bulls

Estimated Time Commitment – 20 Hours

Cost: $250


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