3 Benefits to Adding Video Analysis to Your Club Structure

There are a num­ber of ways video can ele­vate your club. Here is what coach­es have to say about its impact.

3 Benefits to Adding Video Analysis to Your Club Structure

There are a num­ber of ways video can ele­vate your club. Here is what coach­es have to say about its impact.

Proponents of video analy­sis will tell you the ben­e­fits far out­weigh the costs. Improvements on the prac­tice pitch trans­late to on-field suc­cess — it’s what sep­a­rates the elite clubs from the rest of the pack.

If you’re a seri­ous pro­fes­sion­al and you want to be the best pos­si­ble coach and improve your team, this is what you need.” Christian Gonzalez of New York Soccer Club

We’re hear­ing more and more from coach­es that Hudl improves every facet of their day-to-day process­es. Here’s a quick run­down on specifics that we’ve heard from club coach­es who have imple­ment­ed video at var­i­ous age lev­els, along with advice on how video can ben­e­fit you and your club.

Improve Your Coaching from the Dugout

Former New England Revolution leg­end Shalrie Joseph is now a coach for the FC Boston Bolts U13 team and raves about how Hudl has not only improved his play­ers, but also his abil­i­ty as a coach. As a young coach still devel­op­ing his style, video has aid­ed in his growth. “[All] those lit­tle things I miss dur­ing the game, I’m able to go back and watch it,” he said. That helps me to be a bet­ter coach, and I think that’s one of the biggest plus­es ever — to be able to watch kids at that young age on video.

It’s so good for me, and it’s so good for my edu­ca­tion of the game.”

It’s a com­mon refrain that we’ve heard time and again — video gives you an invalu­able advan­tage in your coach­ing. The abil­i­ty to ref­er­ence spe­cif­ic moments from match­es helps open up teach­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties with play­ers that not only improve their skill lev­el on the pitch, but also improve your abil­i­ty to facil­i­tate pos­i­tive conversations. 

I under­stand and study the game,” said Joseph. For me, once you start under­stand­ing and study­ing the game, your knowl­edge starts grow­ing and then you can have those pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tions with kids to make them into bet­ter players.”

It was a great way to see what the lev­el was look­ing like amongst teams.”

Implementing Club Philosophy Is Easier with Video

A phi­los­o­phy around play­ing style is crit­i­cal for any suc­cess­ful club, and get­ting your coach­es to buy into it is key. The next step is imple­ment­ing it from the time the play­ers enter the club to the time they leave. Video analy­sis is an indis­pens­able part of that process.

Christian Gonzalez of New York Soccer Club quick­ly real­ized that video analy­sis could add depth to their method­ol­o­gy from top to bot­tom. We felt that was a great addi­tion to our devel­op­ment mod­el,” said Gonzalez. It was a great way to see what the lev­el was look­ing like amongst teams.”

Instead of invest­ing hours to go and watch games, NYSC coach­es can watch every game from any­where. Video just sim­pli­fies the assess­ment process and allows coach­es to mon­i­tor the lev­el of play of both indi­vid­ual play­ers and the team.

Video Enables You to Get the Best out of Your Players

We explored the ben­e­fits of using video analy­sis for play­er devel­op­ment, we noticed that all coach­es need to pro­vide tan­gi­ble feed­back to play­ers in order to see improve­ment. Incorporating video into that mod­el is crit­i­cal, espe­cial­ly for the youngest ath­letes in your club. 

It’s not just at the indi­vid­ual lev­el either. It’s impor­tant that you edu­cate your ath­letes on your club phi­los­o­phy and style of play, because the abil­i­ty to see things at a holis­tic lev­el aides every­one. I tell them, Go watch what you do right and go watch what you do wrong, and not just you. Go watch your team­mates and see,’” Joseph said. “[They] can con­ver­sate and enhance their knowl­edge of the game.

For them to go back and to be able to see and for me to go back and be able to see and tell them specif­i­cal­ly what they’re doing right and wrong, it helps the game.”

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