We recently started a new segment of live Friday interviews on MSC with our partnership with APFA (Association of Professional Football Analysts) and we were joined by one of the leading practitioners in the area of scanning and decision making in Kevin McGreskin. With experience at the youth and senior professional levels, Kevin has developed a specific methodology to increase scanning and improve game awareness, to provide players with the tools to make better decisions. In this webinar, Kevin shared the details of his eyeQ philosophy and practices that use simple constraints which force players to scan more frequently and read the game situation. If you would like to watch the full interview, just click here, start an account and watch for FREE!!
During his presentation, Kevin did an outstanding job of giving coaches an insight into the theory and research behind awareness and scanning. Below you can see the clip where Kevin talks about the work in the area around situational awareness pioneered by the work of Dr. Mica Endsley, who defined situational awareness as, "the perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning and a projection of their status in the near future." Kevin explained how this research has roots in aviation but applies to a lot of our lives, including soccer. Sometimes with science and data in the game, it can make it difficult for coaches to relate this back to the world of their teams and players, but before getting drawn too much towards context, Kevin encourages coaches to "accessing the information in the first place." (See below)
Another takeaway from Kevin's presentation was how he linked the theory into the practical work on the grass. During the discussion with a live audience, Kevin was asked a question about the youngest age group this applies to and the oldest level it can impact. The answer was similar to both; you can introduce this at any level and see the benefits of it if you are deliberate and intentional about what you are looking to bring out of the session. Below is one of the examples that Kevin showed from a session design perspective. There are many more ideas in Kevin's Scanning book, which you can check out here.
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