The preparation of teams for any competition is a balancing act between maximizing capacity and managing the “noise”. Many coaches & performance scientists focus on capability building (increasing fitness/technical and tactical ability, etc) BUT it is the ‘noise’ (fatigue both physiological and psychological) that often has the greatest impact on performance.
This “noise” management becomes an even greater priority when working with elite athletes & players in national teams preparing and competing in tournaments such as the World Cup and Confederation Championships such as the Asian cup, Copa de America etc.
Many teams may have implemented a system to monitor the physiological and psychological status of their players BUT often, this is implemented prior to the first critical step – a full analysis of the requirements of the organization, coach and players you are working with.
Without this analysis and consultation with the key stakeholders the implementation strategy will be based on YOUR requirements and the best outcome will never be achieved. Unfortunately, the “my way is always the right way” attitude is common in the performance science domain and just creates a disconnect with coaches and players.