Technical Analysis of International Match Reports
All our national teams regularly see action all over the world and gain valuable experience doing so. However, we have not systematically reviewed those learning experiences in order to gain the most from such experiences. We therefore established a mechanism whereby we could extract all of the appropriate lessons from these encounters on the playing fields with systems that differ from ours.
The Football Education Department therefore provides us with a series of evaluative instruments to measure our performances by our own standards and also against those of the systems we encounter. The department must then oversee the implementation of these analytical systems, evaluate the results offered by these instruments and advise our national teams’ technical staff accordingly.
Provision of Technical Assistance to National Teams
The Coaching Department by its very nature consists of the best coaching brains in the country and is therefore best able to provide the strategic technical assistance to our national teams. The combination of tactical information gained from the analysis of match reports, combined with match analysis technology made available to us by the CSIR can be driven by the department for the benefit of all our national teams and must be utilised without delay.
Summary of Football Education Department Objectives
The SAFA Coaching Department should therefore be guided by the following 6–point programme of strategic objectives:
- Continue to run the Coaching Development Programme as a skills upgrade path for all our coaches with the following tasks as performance indicators:
1.1 Specify the admissions criteria;
1.2 Continue the Level One Training Cycle;
1.3 Start the Level Two Training Cycle in 1999;
1.4 Start the Level Three Training Cycle in 2000;
1.5 Develop proposals to mandate the leagues to hire from the pool of trained coaches;
- Establish a clearly-defined talent identification system;
- Develop proposals for the Credentialing, Licensing and Validation of Coaches in South Africa;
- Develop a Technical Analysis System, complete with evaluation instruments to analyse international match reports from coaches;
- Provide technical assistance to the national teams;
Develop proposals for the technical oversight of the national teams.
Continue to Train Coaches at Level One
The Football Education Department must continue to train coaches at Level One in strategic areas (where our Second Division teams are located) until we have reached the 300 mark. Level One enables coaching at the junior and senior amateur levels. We plan to legislate the minimum coaching standard for the Second Division as a first step. The trained group can then form the nucleus of a coaching fraternity that our Second Division clubs can select from.