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Scanning in Football: Research & Application with Dave Eldridge

Friday July 3rd 8.30am BST / 5.30pm AEST / 7.30pm NZT

“I spend the entire 90 minutes looking for space on the pitch. I’m always between the opposition’s two holding midfielders and thinking, ‘The defence is here, so I get the ball and I go there to where the space is.'” – Xavi 

The best players seem to always have time on the ball, even in a packed midfield they can find the right pass. How are they able to do this and what is the key skill in making better decisions when in possession of the football?

One part of the answer is scanning. Scanning (or visual exploratory activity), is when players perceive the picture around them and become more aware of the opponent, teammates, space, and the ball. This allows them to almost play one step ahead of the opposition and impact the game.

In this conversation, we are joined by Senior Lecturer at The University of Chichester and UEFA A Licensed Coach, David Eldridge. Dave is an expert in the analysis of sporting performance and has an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis. His main interests lie within the sport of football and specifically the area of player’s visual exploratory activity (VEA) or scanning.

This conversation will cover:

  • What is scanning and why is it important?
  • What does the research say and how has it developed?
  • How do we design sessions that promote this key skill?
  • Video examples of the best players doing this in action

Book your place by clicking the button below and don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this vital topic for coaches.

Our Presenters

Dave Wright

Dave Wright

Dave is a UEFA A licensed coach and Co-Founder of Player Development Project. He has 17 years’ coaching experience in England, Australia and New Zealand with players at all levels. During five years in the UK, Dave worked for Premier League club, Fulham FC and Championship club, Brentford FC. Dave is now working at A-League club, Melbourne Victory FC as U20 Coach. Dave’s eBook, Performance Soccer Coach: A Guide to Positive Player Development is available on Amazon.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Dan Wright is an academy coach at a Premier League club. He holds the UEFA A Licence and the FA Advanced Youth Award and has extensive coaching experience working in high-performance environments in the UK and Africa. Dan is Technical Advisor at PDP and host of the On The Grass Podcast series.

Dave Eldridge

Dave Eldridge

Dave is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Chichester and UEFA A Licensed Coach. He has keen research interests in the analysis of sporting performance and has an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis. His main area of expertise is within the sport of football and specifically the area of players visual exploratory activity (VEA) - or scanning.