Performance Analysis in Football

Unit code: SFS7016 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


The industry of sport science and high performance in football codes requires practitioners to be aware of - and proficient in – many different areas of knowledge. Among them, video analysis is experiencing a period of incredible growth, due to the improvements in technology allowing coaches and sports scientists to film, code and analyse games or training sessions with relative ease. This unit aims at providing students with an advanced understanding of the requirements for video analysis in elite football settings by engaging with world-leader industry partners and by interacting with professionals in all major football codes. At the end of this unit you will be a video analyst with theoretical knowledge of performance analysis, technical expertise, and in tune with how video analysis is used in sport science research.

Important Note: this unit will require the use of a specific video analysis software that operates only on Apple Mac. Please contact the unit coordinator to discuss available options if you do not own a Mac and if you cannot get regular access to one for the duration of this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Implement an industry recognised best practice analysis program to exhibit fundamental video analysis skills in the football codes;
  2. Deconstruct theory, technical and tactical elements of a game, categorise patterns and analyse results; and
  3. Critically reflect on the game analysis and present to an interprofessional audience.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Preliminary analysis and mapping of a football code game video snippet.
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Set-up a live recording and coding session during a game.
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Coding and analysis of pre-recorded football games.
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Video-based presentation of the results of the project.

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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