The CanPL Review: Season 3

The aim

The CanPL Review originally aimed to provide an analysis of each Canadian Premier League match from The Island Games, focusing on tactical trends and individual performances. Once all matches were analyzed, a team by team and season review summarizing the tactical trends and individual performances will be provided.

I was unable to complete this for the Island Games before the next season started, so I decided to start anew with Season 3 of the CPL. The format will stay the same, and I will do my best to try and keep up with the league each week.

The format

Each match analysis will have three focuses:

1. Meta Focus

The portion of the match that is deemed to be the most interesting and/or impactful will be discussed. This focus could be individual battles, how one side presses and how the other team responds to the press, how a team is overloading a specific area, etc.

2. Individual Focus

One player from each team will be highlighted. Often the players chosen will be ones who played a role in the meta focus of the match.

3. Trends Focus

We will look at how teams and managers evolve throughout The Island Games. Match to match, we will examine what stayed consistent, what changed, and how any alterations by the managers impacted their teams’ performances.

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