Opinionated Post: A Football Commentator is not a Football Analyst – The difference between a football commentator and a football analyst.
In recent time, with the advent of technology and data in football, the primary form of presenting football pre-match, post match and in game through the media, news papers and internet or tv has given birth to another form of presenting it – ANALYSIS
In the more than 15 years of it’s [Football Analysis] existence in the sports, people still misunderstand what football analysis really is.
In the world of evolution, when something gives birth to another thing, there is generally ALWAYS a slight difference between the parent and the child and in some cases a huge difference.
And so i tell you, football commentary (parent) is not the same as football analysis (child).
A football commentator is more like a fan of the game, they watch the game and talk about it either as professionals (Pundit, broadcasters, journalist etc) or just a fan while a football analyst is more like HELP to coaches and their teams, they watch and analyze the game to help the coaches of a team in one way or the other.
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A football commentator (sometimes called sports announcer or sportscaster) provides a real-time commentary of a football game or event, usually during a live broadcast, traditionally delivered in the present tense.
Radio was the first medium for sports broadcasts, and radio commentators must describe all aspects of the action to listeners who cannot see it for themselves, Today we have TV and internet broadcasting and commentary.
There are generally 5 main types of Football commentators which are;
Main or play-by-play commentator
The main commentator is the primary speaker on the broadcast.
Analyst or color commentator (Pundit)
The analyst or Pundit provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy on the teams and players, and occasionally light humor. They are usually former athletes or coaches in football although there are some exceptions.
A sideline reporter assists a football broadcasting crew with sideline coverage of the playing field. The sideline reporter typically makes live updates on injuries and breaking news or conducts player interviews while players are on the field or court.
Football presenter or studio host
The presenter of a football broadcast is usually distinct from the commentator, and often based in a remote broadcast television studio away from the sports venue
Sportscaster is a general term for any type of commentator in a sports broadcast. It may also refer to a sports talk show host or a newscaster covering football news.
Like i said earlier, a football analyst is more like a HELP to the coaching staff of a team or generally a HELP to coaches and teams around the world who decide to employ them to look at the issues surrounding their teams and their players.
The day to day role of a football analyst involves watching videos, a lot of them. As an analyst, you will probably spend less time on a football field and more in front of a computer or Tv screen.
Being a football analyst makes you an indispensable aspect of the contemporary club (s); they can make sense of a chaotic game and see things that others can’t.
In other words, most football analyst are football coaches who decides to specialize instead in helping teams, coaches and players improve instead of directly involving themselves in coaching a team.
Football analyst watch past matches, a lot of them to answer the four basic questions (what was right? What went wrong? Who are the standout performers? How can we improve?) of team match day performance so as to help the coaches adjust their tactics and players before their next game.
Just like in coaching, there are generally four basic types of football analyst namely;
He helps the technical coaches with insights and problems around their players in-game passing, shooting, dribbling, movement and decision making skills.
He looks into the physical aspects of the players and reports to the physical coach suppose the physical coach had missed any.
He looks into the psychological aspects (such as goal setting, imagery, relaxation and self-talk) of the players and reports to the psychologist. suppose the psychologist had missed any.
The Tactical Analyst
The tactical analyst is the most important among all just like the head coach of the team. They are the most available in the market after all.
They look at every tactical flaw in a team’s match to help the coaches on what went wrong, what went right and how to improve the teams winning strategy.
The only slight similarity between a commentator and a Football analyst is when the commentator acts as a Pundit (color commentator) [The analyst or Pundit provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy on the teams and players, and occasionally light humor.], any other thing you do out of punditry or football analysis only makes you a commentator and not a football analyst.
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