We were recently joined by Matt Ford - Academy Coach at Charlotte FC and Set-Piece Analyst to talk about the recent tournament and some key takeaways. Matt has shared some in-depth analysis around the World Cup tactical trends and also looked at how do they impact our coaching, specifically at youth level. The challenge with data and analysis at the elite level can sometimes lie in transferring it to the youth levels, but with a tournament that had such a big impact around the world, it has surely has created an opportunity for coaches at all levels to engage players in new ideas around the game, both tactically and technically.
During the interview, Matt identified four specific areas for his breakdown:
- Shot locations
- Assist locations
- Set-Piece Organization
- Build-Up Structures
Below is an example of the shot location visual that Matt has developed using the World Cup data. In the interview, the discussion moves towards how traditional finishing exercises may not paint the most accurate solutions towards the challenges of the game. At the highest level space is at a premium, particularly against compact defensive units, and attacking players who can create their shots by bending the ball around defenders or finding gaps, increase their value to the team significantly.
You can watch the full breakdown in the video below. If you enjoy it, please subscribe to our YouTube page so you do not miss the next one. Also, if you would like to listen to the full interview, it is available on the MSC Podcast by clicking here.
If you enjoyed the breakdown with Matt, he will be joining us again on Wednesday, December 28th, at 2pm EST (7pm UK time) to talk about building a scouting report, using Argentina as an example. Matt and Gary will discuss the Game Model of the World Cup champions and discuss key aspects that they would include and highlight inside a tactical report. Click here to reserve your spot.