Alberto Rodríguez, staff member of the Spanish Futsal Team, is responsible for analyzing the actions of the players on the court using video analysis software which "is essential in any team". This interview was made in the 5th program of "Football Parqué".
What is video analysis work?
Basically, we analyze all the matches in every championship that we go to. We record the matches in real time with a video camera and a laptop, and at the same time we are analyzing the actions according to the parameters that the national coach, Venancio López, defined as important to him.
This activity is not just a hobby for you, but you have a company dedicated to it?
We developed the software (Nacsport) used to analyze the games and the actions of the players. It's not only used in Futsal, as the Spanish Basketball and Hockey Team also used this tool; and of course it is used in many other countries.
How did this did you start working with the Spanish Futsal Team?
Venancio and I had a mutual friend who knew our work. He told him to take a look at the software, and a simple presentation became a good relationship.. He offered us a proposal to be involved in the championships, which we accepted.
How long have you doing video analysis work?
We have been doing this a long time. I began eight years ago with the development of the software, but as a company with this business structure, we have been on the market for 2- 3 years.
What are the steps to analyze an opposing team?
César Arcones, goalkeeper coach of the team, will record the game while I'm connected to the camera with a laptop analyzing all the actions. For example, whenever there is foul, a shot or a goal; I mark it with the software. Thus the coaching staff can easily review every action, both at half time and at the end in a quick and organized manner.
Is this work done in every game?
Usually, we analyze games at every championship. It is useful to store all the information, because if you are going to play against Brazil for example, you can use the previously analyzed videos from other championships to determine different aspects depending on the information you have.
What are the most important points?
I like to say that we are the kitchen assistants and the coach is the chef. Our role as an analyst is to have all the information that has been predefined, and then it's up to the coach to decide what is important. There are basic categories and actions, such as build ups, 5v4, presses from our team or the opposition as well as the actions of the individual players.
How much time do you need to make a careful analysis of the most important teams, like Brazil?
Generally, we do the analysis during the game. Then there is the time it takes the coach to draw conclusions, depending on the opponent and the tournament. Our work typically takes the same time in every game but not the work of the coach whose working time changes because every game is different. Yet, the time is finite, so the depth of analysis has its limits. We never give an opinion or conclusion to the coach; we just analyze and communicate the information.
The use of this technology helps to improve the teams
In other sports, the video analyst is as important as the physical therapist or doctor. When the coaches and technicians are aware of the usefulness of this role, they become dependent on it being an essential part of their work.