Opposition Scouting & Analysis
Learn to build your own opposition analysis report with this step-by-step guide. As you progress through the learning modules, you’ll see real-life examples of key report sections from professional football clubs and Opposition Analysts.
You'll learn from:
Jim Curtin – Head Coach, Philidelphia Union
You'll learn to:
Oliver Gage – Former Opposition Analyst
After the step-by-step process of building key report sections, drawing tactical diagrams & descriptions, the learning modules transition into the practical applications of opposition analysis. You’ll see how it’s tied into the working week, how and when information is fed to players, and how opposition analysis impacts training design at the professional level.
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Get to know the course contributors, complete your first basic task and start you opposition report.
Hear from professional Head Coaches and Analysts on the importance of opposition analysis and how it’s helped them win games in the past.
Learn about common report structures, download resources to help throughout the course and build your introduction pages.
Hear from Coaches and Analysts on the opponent’s attacking tendencies. Read an attacking play case study and draw diagrams of attacking patterns. Discuss them with other learners.
Hear from the experts on the use of data, how it can be beneficial and the issues with it’s incorrect use. Download a Premier League data set and complete a step-by-step task to profile two opponents in attack.
Hear from Coaches and Analysts on the opponent’s defensive tendencies. Draw diagrams of defensive patterns and discuss them with other learners.
Read about measuring defensive pressure with data and see how professional teams can spot patterns in defensive event data to target areas to attack.
Read case studies on set-pieces and see walk through videos from professional Analysts breaking down corners and free kicks. Draw set-piece diagrams to add to your report.
See how professionals focus on individuals and include them in reports. Write a summary comparing two professional strikers using match video provided.
See how data is used to evaluate individual players at the professional level and how this can be applied to a report. Complete a step-by-step task comparing two players with data sets used by professional clubs.
See how professional Coaches & Analysts present opposition information to players. Read about professional club video sessions, team, group & individual feedback and information overload.
Learn how professional Coaches & Analysts involve and include the players in opposition analysis process to help with buy-in.
See how opposition analysis information is used to influence training sessions, how and when to deliver this information to players.
Download two full professional games and write a report using the knowledge gained throughout the course. Submit your report for a professional Opposition Analyst to review, provide feedback and issue your certificate.
Completing the course:
Lucy Rushton – General Manager, DC United
Frequently Asked Questions
Anybody who wants to improve their opposition analysis. The course has been tested and taken by professional Coaches & Analysts as well as those aspiring to gain a paid role in the industry. It’s suitable for coaches or analysts in US colleges, academies, semi-pro and professional teams. Anybody who will likely watch and analyze opposition games.
The course is online and on-demand so you can learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. All the course content is embedded in webpages, so as long as you have an internet connection you can access it.
A combination of the APFA ambassadors and course contributors. Everybody who had input to the course has worked as a professional Opposition Analyst or a professional Head Coach.
Most people take 15-20 hours to complete the course, but you can go at your own pace.
Your final report will be reviewed by a professional analyst working at a club. The APFA has an extensive network of analysts who like us, want to help others progress their career and upgrade their skills.
No. Although the course could easily be split into different levels, the APFA has reviewed this strategy and it’s commonly used to boost income for companies rather than add learning value. This is against the core beliefs of the APFA. The APFA does offer a course dedicated to using data in opposition analysis, which would compliment this one.
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Probably not. This course requires drawing tactical diagrams, watching and probably pausing videos and creating an opposition analysis report. You might be able to do it on a tablet with a larger screen, but a laptop would be best.
When you’re ready, purchase the course and you’ll receive a confirmation email with access details. The course will also be available via your membership account which you either already have, or you’ll create during the checkout process.
Opposition Scouting & Analysis
Opposition Scouting & Analysis
I felt this course was well worth my time and money. I was able to get a better understanding of what opposition analysis is and what a professional analyst goes through to create detailed reports. Hearing from top coaches about what they look for in these types of reports was also very informative. I would recommend this course to anyone who works in the soccer industry to gain a better understanding of the sport and the details that are involved in the game.
The course presents insightful material! I appreciated its practical element for sure. More than just information and knowledge being thrown at you, the modules give you a chance to interact with footage, experience your own thoughts, and a great application of what you have learned in the final exam that I greatly enjoyed!
Nice course. I would definitely recommend it. Explanations from professional coaches and analysts, interesting articles and interesting content in general. Very well structured, doesn't feel boring at any point. Important stuff for anyone who wants to be part of a coaching staff. Really enjoyable final report scouting a team from MLS.
I really enjoyed this course. It provided me with new experiences and a greater understanding of what is actually required in scouting and analysis. I will definitely recommend this course to people aspiring for jobs in football. APFA does a great job of making the content digestible and exciting!