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Player Performance Analysis


Within a football club, the player analysis team consists of a mixture of experts in sports science and performance analysis using live assessment and statistics to develop existing players, identify team weaknesses, and assess new potential signings. These very specialist individuals are most commonly located at the training grounds since they spend so much time in front of the players and working with them on performance improvements.

Player analysis involves analysing the performance of a players attributes broken down into 3 key areas:

  • Physical player attributes
  • Tactical player attributes
  • Technical player attributes

To give yourself the best chance of getting signed, you will need to understand the technical and tactical demands required in professional football so that you can prepare and practise ready to pass live assessment days.

Physical player attributes

Examples of physical player attributes used in player performance analysis are:

Physcial player attributes:

  • Acceleration
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Jumping reach
  • Natural fitness
  • Pace
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Hidden attributes
  • Adaptability
  • Consistency
  • Dirtiness
  • Important matches
  • Injury proneness
  • Versatility

Mental player attributes:

  • Agression
  • Anticipation
  • Bravery
  • Composure
  • Concentration
  • Decisions
  • Determination
  • Flair
  • Leadership
  • Off the ball
  • Positioning
  • Teamwork
  • Vision
  • Work rate

Technical player attributes

Examples of technical player attributes used in player performance analysis are:

  • Corners
  • Crossing
  • Dribbling
  • Finishing
  • First touch
  • Free kick taking
  • Heading
  • Long shots
  • Long throws
  • Marking
  • Passing
  • Penalty taking
  • Tackling
  • Technique

Tactical player attributes

Examples of tactical player attributes used in player performance analysis are:

  • Aerial ability
  • Command of area
  • Communication
  • Eccentricity
  • Handling
  • Kicking
  • One on Ones
  • Reflexes
  • Rushing out
  • Tendancy to punch
  • Throwing

How Player Performance Analysis works

In order to carry out player performance analysis, the analyst will use performance analysis software to film, capture, code and analyse football matches. From capture of information, the analyst will create educational and insightful formats to aid decision making for coaches, and aid player performance progress by summarising the physical, tactical and technical performances of each player.

This is a demanding role, since the analyst must work alongside a multidisciplinary team of coaches, fitness trainers and medical staff to provide this insight, and translate all the data to help by:

  • Supporting coaches in relation to training, pre match planning, post match assessments and scouting
  • Supporting football players in training, pre match planning, post match assessments
  • Inform the decision making of coaches and players
  • Delivering performance feedback using a range of oral, written, web, and video based communications
  • Showcasing verified analysis of video and data relating to individual player and team performance
  • Produce video and data based educational and learning resources

Player Performance Analysts apply rigorous scientific principles to collect and analyse the video and performance data that goes into assessing each player, since getting it wrong can be costly, so great care is taken to investigate every area of a players ability. For example a strong performing player with fantastic game stats and results can score low in player analysis if they do not show consistency in high pressured situations.

Safeguarding Player Performance Video Footage

If you are a parent and are concerned with the use of video being held at football clubs, you will be reassured to understand that safeguarding is taken incredibly seriously within the footballing world. All employees will have had to pass the football clubs local safeguarding policy, and have completed the governed DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) process for working in a regulatory activity or at a regulatory environment relating to football where minors are concerned.

Football is also regulated by a best practice performance analysis service that must sit in line with the requirements of the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan). The Elite Player Performance Plan is a youth development scheme set up and regulated by the Premier League to improve the quality and quantity of grass roots football players from the UK. This includes the ethics behind how young players are transferred across clubs within the UK, a historically controversial subject since some football clubs were previously fixing transfer fees between academies and the EPPP, establishing a hierarchy of association football academies in England, which caused a handful of smaller clubs to close their academies altogether.

From a health and safety perspective, all members within the player performance team have health and safety training, awareness and compliance with the football clubs health, safety and environmental policy. In fact football is so well regulated you can rest assured you are able to focus on the game at hand...getting signed!


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