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Inside Sevilla FC’s Area of Analysis (Part 2)

Inside Sevilla FC’s Area of Analysis (Part 2)

Recently, we posted about the Spanish side Sevilla FC’s Area of Analysis. We revealed some interesting things about them: origin, organisation and how they interact with other departments within the club. In this second part, we will dig into their video analysis workflows, which are carried out thanks to their 7 Nacsport licences (5 Scout Plus + 2 Elite).
Different templates for multiple goals

We have always claimed that button templates play a key role in the analysis work. Sevilla FC staff work on the basis of this premise. They use different templates depending on the goals they are looking for and the event which is being registered.

If you read Part 1 (if you haven’t, you should do), you will remember the Area of Analysis original goal –and still the most important- is to register all games for the Academy teams.
Registers are made from two perspectives, so they require two different templates: one which is focused on single players, where descriptors are used for statistical analysis and a second one, which is used to analyse game models from a team point of view.


“Templates and buttons were created after multiple meetings we had, to agree what kind of events or aspects they have to include and how they needed to be registered. They were created by us, but they count on the collaboration of corresponding departments depending on their focus. For instance, the Methodology Department plays an important part in the team template”, explains Ramon Vazquez, Head of the Area of Analysis at Sevilla FC.

These two templates represent the core of their registering work, but they are not the only ones. Their duties have been increased since their creation, so new templates have been needed. For instance, templates made for specific training sessions. “We create one template on the basis of the requirements for those trainings sessions depending on what coaches need. Communication between them and us is constant to keep improving the template and therefore the analysis of those tasks”.

Hectic start of the week

“On Mondays and Tuesday we work so much”, Ramon confesses. “Time is essential for us. Coaches have their own working model already planned and they do not change this according to the info we provide them with, but we try to be as quick as possible. At Sevilla FC we do not perform depending on what happened on a given match, but the data are obviously helpful. So we do our best so they can have the analysis by Wednesday”.


Regarding time, Ramón looks back to the past: “I still remember when I started to work in tactical analysis by myself. It was really hard then. I could breakdown my games but it was impossible to organise my work. This is more than essential today for my work as it allows me to go beyond. With Nacsport, this is not only possible but also really simple. We save so much time and our work is richer now. With just one button you get the data. We can now reach new limits, assist more people and everything is far more organised”.

Registering is made during the first two days of the week from video files. Real time analysis is limited to certain games and only for top Academy teams, that is, the oldest sides... those players who are about to become pros.

Dashboards containing the whole analysis

Once the analysis has been finished, information is give to coaching staff. Again, the help of Nacsport is essential. “The main way to interact with coaches is the Dashboard Tool. We have created a unique dashboard with a whole analysis of one game. They come to our lab, sit in front of the computer and...in some clicks they can have all the statistical information as well as clips for those numbers both for single and team performance. As good as it gets”.


But dashboards are not the only meansfor sharing conclusions. Coaches receive presentations that are shared with players according to specific needs. “It is awesome how much time and workload can be saved with Nacsport. Instead of watching four or five complete games, they receive a couple of lists with the specific footage they are looking for. They just invest a couple of minutes to watch them. With Nacsport, we are more efficient and we are able to focus on improving other skills”.

Own analysis prevail

Many users work with Nacsport to analyse opposition. At Sevilla FC this is not a priority. “We are focused to improve our players and teams. We believe that knowing ourselves allows us to have better performances against our rivals. Players’ development inside our Academy is what we must do”, Ramon adds.

Yet, communication is constant –as stated above- so sometimes the Area of Analysis works under specific requirements. “It is not usual but if any coach asks us for information about rivals, we provide him with it. As a general rule, this only happens with the most competitive teams, that is, the older ones”.

Short, middle and long-term analysis

Analysis at Sevilla FC is posed from different approaches: a short-term analysis (weekly) to analyse games but also a middle and long-term analysis to analyse patterns, models and methodologies in performance for all Academy teams and players.


For instance: The Head of Academy or the Skills Department receives individual information of players they must follow. Head coaches receive videos from their games to be analysed. That’s a starting point. “We serve Sevilla FC and we’d like that everyone at the club can use the information we are generating. It is not something usual but if the Scouting Department needs it, we can give them videos, lists or presentations for opponent players” who can be signed in the future.

And last but not least, Ramon Vazquez would like to thank all the analysts of the department during its short history: Juan Antonio Guzman, José Alberto Martínez, Daniel Del Valle, Alvaro Caja, Alejandro Bendaña and Alonso López. Also, he would like to thank the managers, coordinators and coaching staffs in the Academy as “it is a team work”.
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