YNT Jul 20, 2012
Video analysis is one of the primary tools in the modern era of coaching. The ability to dissect matches, show team tendencies, and spotlight individual players provides a huge benefit to coaches who are trying to educate and prepare players for matches. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff are very thorough in their presentation of scouting video, and the U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors are increasing the ante in providing a service to Development Academy coaching staffs.
For Finals Week, that process began once teams had qualified. Each coach received DVD's from matches of their group opponents so they could begin their game-planning. Now here in Houston, coaches are receiving footage of their matches as well as the other teams in the group. Technical Advisors have taken the process one step further, analyzing each match from Finals Week and producing a series of video clips that show key plays, team shape, ball movement, and other critical areas. The TA's then meet with every coach the day after a game to present their findings and discuss ways to make adjustments. For the Academy coaches here in Houston, the service has been extremely beneficial.
"The work of the Technical Advisors in providing video analysis has greatly contributed to our ability to prepare," said Chivas USA head coach Dan Calichman. "In the past we would come into events virtually in the dark about our opponents, and having DVD's in advance really allowed us to bring a professional approach to scouting, which in the end benefits the players. The clips and analysis they are producing on a daily basis allows us to illustrate key points to the players and demonstrate the changes we need to make. The collaborative process has been outstanding."
St. Louis Scott Gallagher head coach Tim Leonard agreed, describing the video analysis as "very professional and a great resource," which are two words that describe precisely the tools the Development Academy seeks to provide.