This is a very special time for world soccer and for our players to watch and learn. It is very beneficial to watch as many games as possible, but also importantly, it’s critical HOW you watch the games. This is a great opportunity to watch the game as a student of the game and not as a fan of the game.
First, break the field down into thirds; Attacking Third, Middle Third and the Defensive Third. Try to detect how the tactical approach changes in each area of the field. How much RISK are the players taking in these different areas? Next, when are the payers playing ONE TOUCH or when are they taking more touches on the ball? Also, make special notation of the angles of support and the distance each player plays in relationship to each other. Look at this both with possession and without possession. Take note of how hard the players work and when do they rest. Television doesn’t give you the perspective of the entire field, so these small cues will help while watching the games on TV.
Enjoy the World Cup and learn what you can from these exciting games.