A Scouting Report on Video Scouting

A Scouting Report on Video Scouting
November 21, 2017 Daniel Rhodes
In Scouting, Subscribers Only

Around twelve months ago, Paul suggested The Tomkins Times should start using the professional scouting software Wyscout to analyse, in-depth, players who Liverpool have signed, been heavily linked with, or teams we might be playing against.

Wyscout is a service used across the world, with the vast majority of professional clubs either signing up to the full – bells and whistles – version, which is expensive (though not for bigger clubs, especially in the Premier League), but has video footage from every single professional league across the world. And more.

Although there’s a vast array of different applications to search their data, view individual players or write industry-standard scouting reports, the main crux of their work is splitting up individual football matches. Each player in a match makes a variety of on and off the ball actions. For instance, a striker would have clips listed as:

  • Best actions (basically a Youtube highlights reel).
  • Goals
  • Assists
  • Shots
  • Passes
  • Smart passes
  • Dialogue with midfield
  • Throughballs
  • Headed shots
  • Dribbling
  • Attacking duels
  • Accelerations
  • Winning fouls
  • Offsides
  • Aerial duels
  • Counterattacks
  • Aggressiveness
  • Off-the-ball movements

The player templates adapt to each position, and individual players can have very different attributes and profiles.

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