Not exactly the place for it but...
I had the occasion to watch a women's college football match between two of the better programs in the US yesterday as a friend of mine had a niece playing. We got the VIP treatment got nice seats and were able to loiter around areas fans normally aren't allowed in which was new to me. Now obviously I've never scouted much less coached talent (never mind elite talent) before but she was outstanding.
She plays center back, tall, athletically built and graceful and the first thing I noticed was she economical in her movements; she walks about patrolling her area and following the flow of play occasionally breaking into a easy jog (that covers ground surprisingly quickly) and then closes on the ball or her player with a burst of speed that is a bit surprising given her size. As I saw later she has a nice turn of speed but she doesn't flash it needlessly.
The next thing I noticed was her composure. Never seeming rushed, she picked her spots, knew how to use her size and strength to take an opponent off the ball or her speed to pick up an errant pass. She was an accurate passer partially b/c her foot work is very good but also because she holds the ball until she is sure she can make an accurate pass. She has a tendency to go right and probably needs to work on making her distribution a bit more even but that may have been by design. She just appears very unruffled and in control of her game.
She has some offensive potential particularly in set pieces where she used her height and vertical leap very effectively and given a chance she went on a run of about 45 yards through the defense and fired a nice cross that hit her target team mate in stride. It came to nothing but that was no fault of hers from what I could tell. She has attracted interest from some professional clubs (her program is rated pretty highly and there is an alum - Janine Beckie - who plays for Man City) but she won't be hearing much about that until after her season ends.
It was a good match and if her side came out on the short end it was no fault of the back four who were outstanding; unfortunately they are in desperate need of another striker (on of their forwards was either having the worst game of her life or is simply not good enough) and a holding mid fielder but that is the normal ebb and flow of college teams as players eligibility expires. There was a wide wide midfielder on the other team that was weasel quick with delightful footwork; right in front of me she split two defenders with a dummy and a quick flick and was off and running with the ball in less time than it takes to tell. So it was quality football with nice seats and if it wasn't so chilly and spitting rain it would have been a near perfect day out.
The one odd moment was, after seeing someone looking so poised and mature on the field, to come face to face with a 21 year old women who seemed so young (and they seem younger every year). But she is a very pleasant young lady and it was a pleasure to have spent a few minutes chatting with her.