Different types of scouting reports

In this post I will be looking at the three types of scouting reports that are used: snap shot scouting reports, individual player scouting reports and opposition scouting reports. 

A snap shot scouting report is used to write some short and brief analysis on each player from both sides to have a general idea about the qualities of both teams. For further analysis and information on a player you would then use an individual player report which will go into far more detail on that player. Here is an example of one of my individual player reports. The third type of scouting reports are opposition reports. Here is an example of one of my opposition reports. All of these reports are examples of different methods I have used, but there are various different ways of writing them.

Since I haven't posted one before, below is a general example of a snap shot scouting report. Obviously there is other things that can be added to the reports: like the height of the players, their age and my own way of writing them - which I will post at some point in the future - but for now I'll keep it simple. 

Team A
Defensive orientated with a sitting medium block 451 initially, using pressing traps and ball orientated defensive movements. Change of mentality in the second half, with more higher and aggressive pressing phases in 1st phase defensive organisation. All attacks in transition due to being unable to retain possession for organised attacking. 

1 - right footed goalkeeper.
Majority of kicks long diagonals consistent, although consistency dropped when kicking the ball in open play & pressure from opponents. Reactive in goalkeeping style. 

2 - right footed right back.
Struggled to compete 1v1 when defending, especially in the second half with a direct opponent after the change. Often struggled with distances and was either too tight or conceded too much space. 

3 - right footed centre back.
Progressive in possession and more aggressive when defending - will pressure 1st touch of players, from behind, if receiving the ball with back to goal. 

4 - left footed centre back.
Bad and nervous reaction after error, leading to a loss of confidence and poor weight on touches & passes. Conceded a lot of space when defending and always dropped to defend tight spaces & avoid 1v1 situations.

5 - left footed left back. 
Progressive and good physically. Under lapped on one occasion in transition, but often was only positional due to the teams style of play. Did well to compete with 7 and often could prevent him from beating him for pace down the outside. 

6 - right footed defensive midfielder.
Positional defensive midfielder with job of screening centre backs to try and prevent them having to defend 1v1. Good communication but often struggled with distances pressing, often due to not knowing when to press and when not to. This resulted in often being stuck in between pressing and holding position. 

7 - right footed winger.
Inside movements and progression on the ball with good consistency in keeping possession, but very little support and often only had the striker as a passing option after progressing inside with the ball - hence direct mentality in possession. Moved to the left in the second half with less effect when coming inside.

8 - right footed central midfielder.
Aggressive and hard working defensively. Struggled to cope with the opposition players mobility and technical abilities defensively and often poor weight on passes - leading to interceptions and loss of possession. 

9 - right footed striker.
Good mobility playing always on the shoulder of the last man. Very few opportunities in possession but got overpowered and unable to retain or hold ball in high areas to allow support to join the attack - need to use mobility to appear and receive in front of defenders or not be used in build up play. Good defensive work rate with a big amount of space to cover. Moved onto the right in the second half where he could potentially be used as a off the ball depth runner. 

10 - right footed central midfielder. Can play as a 8 & 10. 
Quick feet when receiving ball, but didn't have the mobility to physical strength to either hold the ball with back to goal or use mobility to appear and receive in front of players in high areas - better at facing play in deeper positions. 

11 - right footed winger. 
Struggled to contribute to the game offensively by only letting the ball come to him in possession - rather than making movements to receive and secure the ball (often lost when waiting for ball) & switched off defensively - losing the opposition right back & allowing him to expose the opposition on that side. 

Team B

Possession orientated in a 4231/433 with rotating and moving triangle from 1-2 to 2-1. All players very good technically and comfortable on the ball. Proactive and look for strong reactions, though pressing, when possession is lost. Medium block when in defensive organisation, but looking to press rather than being compact.

1 - right footed goalkeeper.
Good and clam on the ball. Positive and proactive goalkeeping. Good communication and constancy with passing. Also showed capacity to read the game well and be used as a sweeper 'keeper at times.

2 - right footed right back.
Good mobility and intelligence to stay back and cover centre back when the centre back had progressed with the ball into midfield. Looks to be aggressive 1v1 on first touch - sometimes gets tight too early. Stays wide and overlaps in offensive areas to provide width - allowing 7 to move inside. 

3 - right footed centre back.
Good on the ball and aggressive 1v1 defending. More capable of vertical passes to players feet with back to goal in high positions or in between lines. Also has capacity to progress with ball into space. Can play high line without conceding a lot of depth. 

4 - right footed centre back. 
Also good on the ball but more cations in possession by only looking for safe passes. Prefers to sit in deeper positions with the ball - out of pressure - rather than progressing into space. Can play high line without conceding a lot of depth. 

5 - right footed left back. 
Mobility and good balance. Looks to often take on opposition 1v1 with capacity to go either inside or down the line - as 11's movements inside allow him to attack free space in possession and out of possession with late runs. 

6 - right footed defensive midfielder. Can also play as an 8.
Clever with scanning and moving to create passing lane to teammate before receiving the ball. Powerful and good mobility for his size. Most positional of the midfield 3 and prefers to retain possession to sustain attacks. Also scans well defensively to allow him to know when to press and how to block passing lanes. 

7 - right footed right winger/striker.
Fantastic mobility in all aspects. Always looking to use his mobility and exploit depth with inside diagonal runs. Used more for his ability to be used as an outlet or attack space off the ball to give verticality to the side, rather than his ability on the ball in areas of creation. Best suited to counter attack systems or teams that use strikers to draw opposition defenders out to create depth, behind the defence, to exploit.

8 - right footed central midfielder. Can play as a 6,8 & 10.
Fantastic technique, physical power and mobility. Vision and capacity to see and play passes though lines and into depth, in though passing lanes, with consistency. Ability to retain the ball and hold it when receiving ball in various situations: back to goal with pressure, side on with pressure and beat man 1v1 when facing play. More non positional and progressive on the ball, but also knows when to stay to give good defensive balance. Scans often when team is in possession to always have a picture of the game. 

9 - right footed striker.
Box player with power and mobility. Good defensive work rate and pressing, with lower contributions to build up due to individual quality and strengths of central and wide players moving inside. Quick and decisive 1st time finish after capitalising on error from defender - forced error and in position to score as a result of his pressing. Moved to into the free space on the right when 5 was on the ball to allow option to receive and hold the ball or allow inside progression on the ball for 5. 

10 - left footed central midfielder. Can play as a 6, 8 & 10.
Good with both feet and good technique. Quick and light on feet & scans before receiving ball. Better when facing play with the ball in deeper areas than receiving high and with back to goal. 

11 - right footed attacking midfielder.
Very good technical ability and quick feet. Inside movements from the left, often joining in the left of the central midfielders to create a midfield diamond - leaving the left hand side of the pitch as free space. Very progressive on the ball but sometimes makes wrong decisions with final ball or doesn't release early enough.