Individual Analysis and the role of a Scout in positive analysis in Football to accomplish top results.

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So as we touched on in the previous article there are various platforms of tactical analysis. Today we will be touching on individual analysis as the role of a scout. There are specific questions that need to be asked in order for us to understand why this method is been done. For example, a scout will do individual analysis slightly differently to that of a tactical analyst.

This is a worldwide phenomenon whether it be in Football(Soccer), American Football, Basketball, Rugby, cricket to name a few the objectives will be similar. Individual analysis in football bases its objective around the performance of opposing teams’ key players or alternatively our player’s strengths and weaknesses. There are specific platforms where these increments of information can be taken from. Firstly Attending of live matches to analyze individual opposition players, viewing and reviewing matches on live tv or digital platforms, Data and video analysis platforms, and exchanging of information between scouts and analysts.

The difference is the scout: Recruits players

Tactical analyst Identifies Strengths and weakness of Own team or opposition in order to set up a game plan.


The individual assessment of players from a scouts perspective is not only technical and tactical but should be considered from three different pshycological perspectives that, although separated for the present purpose of analysis, are deeply related:

These are three validated roles for the scouters analysis platform. They need to identify the players,

-Current and/or past environment where the player has been observed.

Where was the player’s previous environment and how will the past environment be similar to the new environment for the adaptation process.

-Future environments to which the player may be incorporated.

How will the player adapt to the new environment, does the player have the capacity to adjust and how will he/ she adapt in the new environment.

-Assessment of the hypothetical adaptation process.

Analysis of Players

This will be the time frame and what will be required in order to allow that player to adjust specifically……What can the New Club do to transition the player successfully?

Additional factors to consider.

  1. Technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial aspects: These aspects
  2. The level of competition: This aspect is really important because we can get confused by the positive performance of a player in less demanding competitions where the player stands out.
    Although it is true that imagining if the players will reach the level that will be required of them, we need to be careful, at least when it comes to assessing them.
  3. Selection of the right matches to analyze: The correct selection of matches or training to analyze will provide more truthful information. As it has been mentioned, a context where the level of demand is low or too favorable (a weak opponent team, a match at home, etc.), is not the same as a more demanding context (a well-prepared opponent, a match outside the home, pressing requirements of results, a hostile environment, etc.).
  4. The football culture of the country and/or club: There are football cultures where certain aspects are valued more than others. Even in each country, there are clubs that value certain aspects, based on
    their tradition. For instance, there are places where technical quality is more valued than physical
    ability; and there are others where resilience and effort are non-negotiable.
  5. The team’s characteristics: (system, partners, objectives, etc.).
  6. Role and/or prominence that the player has on the team (leader, fixture, substitute, etc.).
  7. The player´s personal background: (family, friends, habits, interests, etc.) If possible, it would be relevant to know these aspects.
  8. Assessment of the player on the part of different scout ers: Contrast various opinions. Work together and agree on the assessment scales in order to measure players following the same scale.
  9. Performing this analysis during a determined time-period (monitoring): Depending on a myriad of factors, the frequency of that monitoring may vary. For example, if one is only interested in
    observing under-17 players of a country that is not too wide, probably the best alternative would be to monitor the matches where their national football team plays. On the contrary, if a player has been observed several times and it appears that their profile is suitable for a more or less immediate addition, the frequency of the monitoring should obviously increase.
  10. Prioritizing certain markets or areas: (this normally depends on our recruitment possibilities) This is influenced by different factors, especially the economic one: it is pointless to pursue a market where
    our income level does not allow for the recruitment of certain players. This does not prevent us from being on the lookout for possible transfers or circumstances that could make that market more accessible to us. The area is also important due to the real chance our club has of observing a player or to move that player out of their current location. Another factor is the place where the Scouters live as regards the geographical area assigned to the – continent, country, region, town. It becomes essential, then, to carry out a thorough study of the logistics in each particular case.

The next Article will cover this same perspectives from the tactical analyst part . this should give the open opportunity to identify the differences be tween the two departments.


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