Riccardo Marchioli

About Riccardo Marchioli

Riccardo’s recent roles as a National Premier League Technical Director and Under 20 head coach follow experience in Football Federation Victoria's State Development Program, as well as coaching senior football in the Women's Premier League and the highly successful Victoria University squad. He is one of the country's youngest AFC A Licence candidates and has studied a Bachelor of Sport Coaching, with the aim to work in high performance football as a coach, analyst or traveling scout.

Coaching from the Kybalion

It is often said that a talented coach has the 'Midas touch'; that every adjustment they make turns to gold, a football alchemist of sorts. It is sometimes important to turn our attention to the past in order to understand the present, and often ancient lessons provide very relevant advice for modern life. Where better for a football coach then to take notes from old alchemical texts. The Kybalion is a book released anonymously in 1908 by an unknown group [...]

By | January 30th, 2014|Articles, Coaching & Development|1 Comment

Bending the Spoon – Altering yourself to disfigure the opposition

Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. Neo: What truth? Boy: There is no spoon. Neo: There is no spoon? Boy: Then you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. The Illusion Above is one of the most famous scenes from the 1999 film, The Matrix. At first glance, its significance to football is virtually non-existent. Look deeper, and it contains a valuable lesson [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|Articles, Coaching & Development|0 Comments

Angles of Support

The debate about set positions has fuelled recent discussions. This is due to the growing trend of teams playing without a recognized striker, and the debate surrounding the 1-4-3-3 formation detailed in Football Federation Australia's (FFA) National Football Curriculum. Formations themselves are a very generic guide, and certainly not the most important thing to consider when analyzing a team, especially when attacking. More important is the movement allowed within the confines of how a team is set up. The key [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|Articles, Coaching & Development|1 Comment

Deflated derby stalemate: Victory 0-0 Heart

There was a strange feeling of disappointment as soon as the players stepped out onto the pitch for Saturday’s Melbourne derby. As the home side looked across to the area behind the goals, what they saw was not a rocking sea of navy and white banners and scarves that most have come to expect, but an assortment of supporters who perhaps tried their best to provide the atmosphere, but couldn’t compare to the usual noise and passion of the Victory [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|A-League, Match Analysis|1 Comment

Ange Postecoglou, Space Detective

Twelve months ago in an interview with Simon Hill, Ange Postecoglou was asked whether his Melbourne Victory would play the same style of football as his extraordinarily successful Brisbane Roar: “The game is constantly evolving, and although we’re not trying to copy Spain or Barca, we are going to try some different things in our system that will be good to watch. We have a responsibility at Victory to play attacking football, and we’ll do that. If we get it [...]

By | July 31st, 2013|A-League, Match Analysis|3 Comments
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