ANALYSIS | Jacob Farrell’s successful first campaign at the Mariners

Jacob Farrell has been one of the many success stories of the season from the Central Coast Mariners, with the left-back stylishly adapting to his first season of A-League Men’s football.  Farrell came into fruition for the Mariners during his…

Tactical analysis: Why Melbourne Victory could go far in finals

After picking up the wooden spoon for the first time in their history, Melbourne Victory looked towards A-League Men custodian Tony Popovic to take their side back to the usual successes.  Popovic has previously been long time manager of originally…

Tactical analysis: Could Adelaide’s new system work?

Confusion reigned supreme when Adelaide United posted their lineup on Wednesday evening. With Kusini Yengi out with injury, Mohammed Toure out with COVID-19 and George Blackwood on the bench, Adelaide featured an innovative lineup in their FFA Cup match against…

Tactical analysis: Is Macarthur’s form sustainable?

Macarthur current sits top of the table, unbeaten, but the stats show they have perhaps been lucky with their results. Is their tactical setup sustainable?

What has Perth lost by not re-signing Diego Castro?

Diego Castro has been the lynchpin of Perth Glory’s attack for over five years, since joining the Western Australia side in 2015. Moving from renowned Spanish club Getafe, Castro offered a remarkable CV. Having played 225 games in La Liga,…

Robinson experimented in the FFA cup, but could inverting a fullback work in the derby?

Western Sydney Wanderers’ FFA cup match against Broadmeadow Magic spelled a significant tactical change, with Carl Robinson moving from a three-man defence, which was present throughout the previous campaign, to a back four. The Wanderers, on paper, played a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3…

Box midfield experiment raises questions: Socceroos success relies on a change

When Graham Arnold announced his starting XI for the Socceroos’ crucial match against rivals Japan in Saitama, it felt as if most supporters were off their seats. An ostensibly attacking side included star playmakers Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogić in…

Key takeaways: Matildas vs Brazil Game One

The Matildas prevailed 3-1 over Brazil in an enthralling match. Check the match report for details and insight into the game.

Japan vs Socceroos: Pressing stifled Australia, but the Socceroos’ build-up play left much to be desired

The beautiful thing about football is that it can be as simple or as complex as one desires, depending on their analytical view of the game. As the great Johan Cruyff says, ‘playing football is very simple, but playing simple…

Tactical Analysis: Dissecting the big questions ahead of Socceroos WCQs

By Jack George and Thomas Williams The Socceroos will look to extend their record-breaking streak of ten consecutive World Cup Qualifying victories in crucial matches against Oman and familiar foe Japan. Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium will play host to the…