This is the third part of a post I started a week or so ago called, Analyzing the Game – Part 1. An introduction to the subject.
As you would expect, the second part was called, Analyzing the Game – Part 2. You can find a quick glance chart to download and print if you are interested in trying to watch the game from a more analytical eye.
Today I will give you some links that I have found interesting and pretty fun. In fact the first link will certainly have your employers unhappy with me because it’s addictive and I expect you will find yourself going back to it throughout the day. It’s actually a series of quizzes put out by the National Soccer Coaches Association. The test is called Tactical Soccer Situations Test. It took me a bit of time to understand what I was looking at to begin with but after a while I did catch on. There are 16 sets of tests, all of them timed.
Another great source is UEFA’s web site. They used to have a technical area and then much to the disappointment of many of my coaching comrades, they removed it from the site. But it did return after a couple of years absence. I’m happy to say it’s back far better than it used to be. It’s called The Training Ground, and it’s full of stories, technical reports, skills and drills. But my favorite is the tab called, Team Tactics. Within that tab there are three pull downs. Positions, Formations and Tactical Dilemmas. Of course, formations and tactical dilemmas are my favorite. Most of this is presented in video form which is really a lot easier to understand. A chalk talk, really.
One last link is to a site called, World Class Coaching. Maybe a bit more geared toward the trainer but still good stuff in there along with a discussion board which is always interesting for me to visit from time to time. A lot of people will post tactical dilemma questions and everyone gets to add their two cents worth. Good stuff.
Do you have a good site regarding tactics and analyzing the game? Please share the link with us by adding to the comments below.