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TECHNICAL COGNITIVE SKILLS

The OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) is a four-step approach to decision-making that accrued from military decision making. It focuses on filtering available information, putting it in context and efficiently executing the most appropriate decision. The loop is especially interesting on a competitive level and is particularly useful in scenarios where competition is involved. It allows players that have the ability to react to changing circumstances faster than an opponent to create an advantage.

the primary value comes from the realization that in a competition the ones who can efficiently "cycle through the OODA loop will be able to adapt and act faster and often gain the upper hand through superior decision making and execution.

Observe
Is the athlete scanning often?

Orient
Is the athlete scanning often?
Is the athlete scanning efficiently?
Awareness of teammates, opponents, (open) space
Is he recognizing certain patterns?

Decide
Is the athlete assessing his field awareness effectively?
Is he making the right decisions in terms of dribbles, sprints, passes, tackles, ...

Act
Is the athlete executing his intentions efficiently?
technical ball handling, change of direction, speed, power

BIOLOGICAL AGE

Globally, all major soccer leagues and youth soccer academies persist in a relative age selection bias with the relatively older players who have sometimes also been shown to be early maturers being selected over the younger players.

DATA POINTS

Mainly graphs wich will be provided after data workshop analysis