If you’re planning on binge-watching the World Cup, you may as well boost your game IQ at the same time. Here are some viewing tips from FOX Sports Analyst and SKLZ Sport Board Member Warren Barton.
“We get so caught up in just watching the ball wherever it is on the field. Instead, identify the position you play and look at the players playing that position. The best players in the world understand the movement off the ball. Think about Messi and how he gets into areas of the field that allow him to make plays. Or Iguayim who plays for Manchester City whose movement is excellent because he understands how to use the field to his advantage.
If you are a defender, look at who you are to cover. Midfield players, look at the timing of runs as you move forward.
Don’t always look at the ball. That’s where everybody’s eyes are. Look at where the space is, the movement is, where you may be able to create a chance going forward, or anticipate where the ball might come.
Kelsey Olanoff Kelsey is SKLZ's Digital Brand Manager, bringing the company's thought leadership and product innovation to athletes everywhere through this blog, the SKLZ website and all your favorite social platforms. While soccer has her heart (she played DI soccer at UCSB), she spends a lot of her outdoor time running, hiking and standup paddleboarding. View all posts by Kelsey Olanoff