Player Reflection Tool



Complete the form

First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can

Choose a topic area

View your results and choose an area to study

Identify two aims

Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on

Practice to improve

Let your coach know what you are working on

Scanning is the skill of looking about you (including behind you) to see spaces and players. Scanning will help you make better decisions in football as you will be aware of what is happening around you. This webpage has been specially designed to help you improve your Scanning skills. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.


Let's watch Cesc Fabregas as an example. How does scanning help him decide what to do with the ball?

Here is a challenge to try at your next session or game:

  • Can you see both goals before you receive the ball?

If you have a quick glance in both directions before you receive the ball, it will give you a very good picture of what is going on around you on the pitch. You will be able to see spaces and movements. This will help you to make better and quicker decisions.


The next video shows Xavi playing for Barcelona (shirt number 6). Checking over your shoulder only takes a second, but it can give vital information and help you become a much better footballer. Watch the video and answer the questions below.

  • When does Xavi scan?
  • Where does he look and why does he keep repeating scans in the same places?

The final video is a bit longer, and includes footage from the Australian Women's football team. Starting at 1m57s are some really good examples where players haven't been able to take advantage of a situation because they did not scan before receiving the ball. Next time you watch a game, see if you notice players scanning around them, and how it helps them play better.


We now have a really clear idea of what scanning is and why it's important. Choose one the videos below, and see if you can spot moments when the players scan before making a decision in the game.

From what we have explored about Scanning, what key things can you start to use in your game?

Player Reflection Tool - Home

Dear Learner,

Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.

You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.

For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.

If any of the links on this page are broken, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch at:


Mark Carter

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Once you have completed all the homework, click on the 'Print the form' link. This will open a form which you need to print out and complete. Take this completed form to your coach.

Then click here to move onto the last part of the Tool.

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