The concept of scouting still seems to be alien to these people. And we wonder why our football is in such a pathetic shape. Scouting Soccer Opponents A critical part in preparing for your next game is to know as much as you can about the opposing team. Getting that information is called "scouting". The most effective way to scout is to go and see the team play, if possible against someone similar to your own team. We recommend that you take notes while you watch them play. That makes your data specific and you will remember the details. That will help you design the practice before the game against that team and with preparing your team prior to the game. If you can't watch yourself, recruit someone else who is knowledgable about soccer. Or try to get a video of a game from that team. In all cases, taking notes is important.