How to use Nacsport dashboards to analyse actions in different areas of the pitch?

How to use Nacsport dashboards to analyse actions in different areas of the pitch?

As we already stated in previous articles (Part 1 | Part 2), dashboards allow users to turn clicks into visual stats. In this blog, we show you how to create a dashboard to identify actions in different pitch areas.
Designing dashboards is a simple task and you will get awesome results. You won’t need scripting at all and you won’t spend hours in front of your computer to create them.

The example attached is made from a football game and we are looking for the following data: where did our team lose and recover the ball in different areas of the pitch and where our shots and our opponent shots were made. Of course, this is only an example and you can adapt this dashboard to your sport or to the data you are trying to find.

In the attached video you will see a dashboard already finished and its real use for video analysis purposes. It’s a La Liga match between Real Madrid and Valencia CF as if we were Valencia analysts.

As you can see, in the “Campograma” dashboard we can see how many times Valencia CF lost the ball in different parts of the pitch. Also, we can see where and how many times the ball was recovered. Below, there are another two areas showing the origin of both our own and opponent shots.

By double clicking any of these numbers, we can open a video player showing clips that correspond to those actions. Along with that, you can edit their length, delete clips or add them into a presentation.

How can I create this dashboard?

We are going to show you the process we’ve followed to create this dashboard. We remind you that dashboards are available in all Nacsport products, but for this specific dashboard you will need a Basic Plus licence, as Nacsport Basic does not allow descriptors.

1. You must create Categories for each of the items you want to analyse (shots, recovered balls, lost balls...) and descriptors for each area of the pitch (this is up to you and your needs, for the previous example we used 17 different areas). Each clip must have one of these Categories and one of these Descriptors.


2. Once the observation is finished, you must create a dashboard (it can be also created before registering, but always after the template).

3. Add a background picture simulating the pitch or any other space to analyse. This is not a mandatory step, but it certainly helps visually. For this example, we have added one background with two pitches (to easily review lost and recovered balls) and two boxes (to show where shots were made).


4. One label for each area of the pitch must be created showing one combination of results: shots + outside the box, lost ball + midfield right, etc.


And that’s it. If you have made a good template and your game has been correctly registered, it’s really simple from there. Make the most out of your dashboards to review and analyse your games easily!

This is only one of the multiple applications of how to use dashboards. You have lots of other possibilities!

Limit is your imagination and of course your analysis needs!
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