Case study men’s football Italy: Defending with a 3-1-4-2 in the Italian Primavera

I love to make these analyses of case studies and in this piece I will look at the Italian Primavera or the U19 games of men’s football in Italy. I’ve studied 17 clubs across different levels in the Primavera. Why Primavera?Why the Primavera? This has everything to do with academy football. They are the highest youth teams in Italy and they demonstrate a playing philosophy … Lees verder Case study men’s football Italy: Defending with a 3-1-4-2 in the Italian Primavera

Mees Hoedemakers – 1st Scout report

Perhaps you know a lot about the Keuken Kampioen Divisioe or Dutch Eerste Divisie (2nd tier). Perhaps you don’t. What’s evident is that a few teams are dominating the league and will be up for possible promotion to the Eredivisie. Traditionally, this league has set up great Eredivisie-talent and groomed players for a higher level. In this scouting report I will look at SC Cambuur’s … Lees verder Mees Hoedemakers – 1st Scout report

Data scouting: on the hunt for the best wingers in MLS 2020

So, the reason why I started this blog was to write articles about the beautiful game from a technical side; looking at data, scouting, coaching and tactical analysis. My second objective was to expand my knowledge in data scouting beyond Europe. I’ve realised I haven’t too much with it until know, but this article will look at what the best best wingers are/have been in … Lees verder Data scouting: on the hunt for the best wingers in MLS 2020

Case study Northern-Ireland: Roles in the 5-3-2 formation in U18’s

A few of you might know this, but I have done a year abroad in Northern-Ireland. Belfast to be more specific. While studying abroad I’ve learnt a lot about the history of the region I’ve been, the religious difficulties and violence, and about the customs of the specific area I was located. While I could talk about these things for ages, I wanted to talk … Lees verder Case study Northern-Ireland: Roles in the 5-3-2 formation in U18’s

Mental health in football academies

I’ve been sitting on this particular topic for quite some time now. Why? Well, my experiences do tell me that the topic of mental health is a rather difficult one in the football industry. I mean, it’s very difficult to talk about, but the conservative values of the football industry can make it rather painful. Other than used as a marketing tool, the topic of … Lees verder Mental health in football academies

Case study: 4-2-3-1 formation analysis

My fourth and last case study in Dutch academy football concentrates on formations. More specifically, I’ve looked at two formations used in the U18’s of several clubs. This analysis focuses on the theory of what’s good and what’s not so good about the 4-3-3 formations and the 4-2-3-1 formations. In part II: 4-2-3-1 These two formations have been used the most by the teams in … Lees verder Case study: 4-2-3-1 formation analysis

Data scouting: on the hunt for a complete central midfielder in German 2. Bundesliga

It’s time for a data piece again isn’t it? I haven’t written anything on my blog about data and scouting since the beginning of January and it’s time for a new venture. In this article I wanted to look at one specific league and look for a central midfielder. Why a central midfielder? Because I think it’s hard to assess whether a midfielder is a … Lees verder Data scouting: on the hunt for a complete central midfielder in German 2. Bundesliga

Case study: 4-3-3 formation analysis

My fourth and last case study in Dutch academy football concentrates on formations. More specifically, I’ve looked at two formations used in the U18’s of several clubs. This analysis focuses on the theory of what’s good and what’s not so good about the 4-3-3 formations and the 4-2-3-1 formations. In part I: 4-3-3 These two formations have been used the most by the teams in … Lees verder Case study: 4-3-3 formation analysis

Case study: Corners – Defensive positioning with Man marking vs Zonal marking in Dutch U16 and U18 leagues

This is the third piece in my series of case studies in the Dutch youth leagues. In this analysis I will look at man marking and zonal marking in set pieces with the focus on the U16 and U18 leagues in the Netherlands. This analysis, however, deals with a smaller sample than the previously two written pieces. I have looked at the four professional clubs … Lees verder Case study: Corners – Defensive positioning with Man marking vs Zonal marking in Dutch U16 and U18 leagues

Case study: Ball-playing centre backs in the Dutch U18 and U21 league

This is another case study I have conducted in the Dutch U18 and U21 leagues in the years 2019 and 2020. I have seen a lot of matches in these divisions and previously wrote on the use of inverted full-backs – which you can read here. I’m sticking with the theme of the defense as this is something developing in the Netherlands. We have developed … Lees verder Case study: Ball-playing centre backs in the Dutch U18 and U21 league