Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

inverted pyramid Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

Detailing The Pyramid

Looking at the current role of tactical analysis in football coverage

Producer:
Richard Farley

Executive Producer:
Christopher Harris

First Published: March, 2011.

Starring:

Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian)

Michael Cox (Zonal Marking)

Andy Brassell (BBC World Football Phone-In)

Bobby McMahon (Fox Soccer Report)

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated)

Richard Whittall (A More Splendid Life)

Oliver Kay (The Times)

Luke Moore (Football Ramble)

Part One: Meeting The Growing Demand

listen now part 1 Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

In part one of this three part series, Richard Farley interviews some of the leading experts on football tactics, such as how we got to where we are today with football tactics, the influence of Wilson’s book Inverting The Pyramid, and much more.

Part Two: Where We Are

listen now part 3 Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

You may be wondering what “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang has to do with soccer tactics or formations. I was too until after I heard part 2 of Detailing The Pyramid, the audio documentary series.

Producer Richard Farley delves into present-day football tactics and formations including whether mainstream media is changing the way they cover soccer based on the hunger for a football tactical discussion, how and why Zonal Marking started, the impact that social media and the blogosphere has had on elevating a discussion about football tactics, and clearing up the confusion between tactics and formations.

Part Three: Where We’re Going

listen now part 3 Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

The third and final part of Detailing The Pyramid, the audio documentary, focuses on the future of football tactics and formation coverage.

Produced by Richard Farley, he challenges the guests regarding what the future of football coverage will look like, where the holes are, the reliance on 4-4-2, how a 4-4-2 formation may not be as simple as a 4-4-2, how formations themselves are changing and much more.

Editor’s note: The above audio documentary series was originally published in March, 2011 to subscribers of EPL Talk Pro.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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2 Responses to Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

  1. jacobmiller says:

    Another site you might enjoy:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/footballtactics/

  2. Matthew Reed says:

    Thanks for this, Gaffer, very much appreciated.

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