Lecture by Juanjo Vila, analyst of Valencia CF

Lecture by Juanjo Vila, analyst of Valencia CF

Juanjo Vila explains the methodology behind the video analysis work that occurs at Valencia CF, where he works as an analyst. This exclusive interview was organized by "Football for Coaches" on 17 May, 2011 during a trip with their associates to Valencia C.F.

On this visit the partners of "Football for coaches" had the opportunity to see first-hand the work of Juanjo Vila, who as an analyst is well regarded by the professional teams of the first division.

His role is to assess the opposing teams and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once this is completed he provides a report to the coach, the staff and the players. This involves watching many hours of matches to gain any advantage that will help to defeat the opponent.

Juanjo now working with Valencia CF, having come from Deportivo La Coruña, has had to adapt to the Unai Emery system, which differs from that of Miguel Ángel Lotina. However there are some aspects that do not vary between the coaches, such as offensive and defensive strategies or ball release maneuvers.

To the interest of those visiting, Juanjo explained how he performs his role. During each game he makes a real time report for the coach, Unai Emery, by controlling all the cameras that are installed at the stadium. Using Nacsport (video analysis software), he marks particular actions during the match that the staff from the bench communicate as important.

At half time, he goes to the locker room, and using a projector and screen, he shows the staff all the actions noted as important during the first half, from both their own team and the opponent. After they select the most essential actions, Unai Emery shows them to the players to correct mistakes or communicate instructions to beat the opponent. The speed of this process is extremely important, and the use of these tools allows the players to understand these concepts without difficulty.

This was found to be a very useful talk demonstrating the new technologies available to the coaching staff and the players.

Source: Fútbol para entrenadores (17 May, 2011)

Training course with America FC (Mexico)

Training course with America FC (Mexico)

During the first week of August, Invicto, our representative in Mexico, conducted a training course with Nacsport software at the American Football Club.

In collaboration with the Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies in México, they delivered the course to coaches from various categories. Among them were former players such as Raul Rodrigo Lara, Vinicio Bravo, Marco Antonio Sanchez Yacuta, Ricardo Martinez and Guillermo Huerta.

Nacsport software is already used by many top teams such as Valencia CF, Villarreal and Espanyol. This time, America FC joined in order to improve the work of their young talent.

The use of technology in the modern football is increasingly becoming more important. New technologies offer enhanced solutions to the coaches so that their players are better able to understand instructions. Being able to have a complete analysis at breaks or at the end of a match is very useful and they can benefit greatly from it.

During the course, the coaches learn to take full advantage of our tool. Using Nacsport make the work easier and more complete.

We wish to thank America FC for the trust that they have in our software and wish their coaches the best of luck.

Analysis using video as a source of futsal evolution

Analysis using video as a source of futsal evolution

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.

Source: Spanish Royal Football Federation (15 May, 2011)

The Spanish Men’s team to compete at the European Championships 2011

The Spanish Men’s team to compete at the European Championships 2011

The Spanish Men’s Basketball team will compete at the European Championships in Lithuania from August 31 to September 18, 2011 The senior team are aiming to win the title of European Champions and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics Games.

The Spanish Basketball Federation uses Nacsport software to conduct their video analysis for their Senior and Junior national teams. We are proud that the Federation is using our software and we wish the senior team the same success that the other age groups have had throughout the summer.

The success of the Spanish Basketball Teams

The success of the Spanish Basketball Teams

This summer the Spanish Basketball teams have finished on the podium in each of the tournaments that they have competed in. They have won six medals at the European Championships and a number seven medal at the World Championships. Of all the medals won, no less than four are gold.

At the end of the month, the senior team will be competing at the European Championships in Lithuania, which is a qualifier for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Nacsport is proud that the Spanish Basketball Federation has chosen to use our software for their video analysis. We wish to them continued success for the future.

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Scouting for Spanish Hockey Teams

Scouting for Spanish Hockey Teams

Continuing the relationship that was established many years ago between Nacsport and Real Federación Española de Hockey, the technicians of the teams will perform video analysis role for the Men's and Woman’s Seniors Team during the European Championship to be held in Mönchengladbach - Germany between 20 and 28 August using Nacsport software. The youth National Teams will also use Nacsport software during their tournaments.

We take this opportunity to wish the best for both teams in this tournament, and hopefully achieve their goal of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

EHF and Nacsport announce a collaboration

EHF and Nacsport announce a collaboration

The European Hockey Federation (EHF) and Nacsport are delighted to announce a collaboration agreement.

• Through this agreement Nacsport will be the software endorsed by the EHF and an official coaching product of the EHF, including the Nacsport logo on EHF Home, Coaches and Development pages.
• The Nacsport basic program will be introduced as a core element of all the EuroHockey Coaching seminars conducted by the EHF.
• Nacsport will supply licenses to all the EHF Member Associations and will offer special conditions to EHF for its targeted Members.

Members of Nacsport staff will be present at the EHF High Level Coaching Seminar in Mönchengladbach in August 2011 and at future high level EHF Coaching Seminars.

Jorge Alcover, Vice-president of the EHF and Chair of the Development Committee said “We are delighted with the collaboration with Nacsport. Video analysis is an integral part of the training and analysis of elite hockey players. Through this partnership we are in a position to make the Nacsport programme available to all our Member Associations. This will enable them to build their knowledge of their players, thereby improving their technical training, which will intimately lead to better hockey players. Improving the quality and performance of the top athletes in our sport is an intrinsic part of the developing our sport. We are very grateful to Nacsport for entering this agreement, which we believe will be beneficial to both parties”.

Frank Gornés, from Nacsport, said: “We want to thank to the EHF for the confidence they have put in us. This agreement fills Nacsport with great pride and happiness for the recognition from EHF of the Nacsport work in the last years. From our side this agreement is one more reason to keep improving our products and services in order to supply all the needs that non-professional and professional coaches must face every day. For us it’s also a great chance to build new user friendly tools because the main developer in our tools its always the end user and we cannot do that if we don’t have the feedback that we get by being close and in touch everyday with all the coaches”.

The eyes of the spy

The eyes of the spy

Since the end of the Cold War the time of “Spies” has long passed, however in the sporting world spying is becoming more important. They are scouts; people that try to analyze an opponents game to get an advantage and hopefully the key to victory. This task is performed in the Spanish Women’s Basketball Team by Susana García and Roberto Hernández. They explain in this article a little more about value of this work.

In a professional world where attention to detail is as important as knowing who you are, knowing your strengths and protecting your flaws, it is just as important to know your opponent’s abilities. This is the responsibility of Susana Garcia and Roberto Hernandez as technical assistants to the national coach of the Spanish Women’s Basketball Team. Together under the supervision of José Ignacio Hernandez, they must find the key to defeating the opposition.

Susana makes the individual scouting of the best players, while Roberto analyzes the opposition’s tactics. When we talk about analyzing the opponents Roberto is clear that "the first thing is to synthesize the information before offering it to a player, as it should not be saturated with all the information coaches are seeing". The excess information could lead to misinformation amongst the players.

Therefore the presentation must be clear and concise to show the key points of each team. The last step is the video session where the coaches show the players the way to beat the opposition, but before this point there are many hours of work. "Everyone has their own way of working; like many people, I make a quick review of the match to take notes of offensive and defensive aspects, and then analyze the attack and defense systems. Then we select the pieces of the videos with the most important actions that show the characteristics of each player and the team," says Roberto.

This methodology also applies to finding out who is who in each team and how they play. "Usually, to make an individual scouting I see all the possible videos looking for the player’s traits. For example, if I have 20 videos and in 15 of them the player is dribbling with the left I know that this is his good hand. After of that I select two videos to show to the players "said Susana.

For her, the key word is traits as she prefers to look at trends, rather than virtues or defects. "It's important to find the players traits. For example, if I can define that one player always turns using her left shoulder or always goes for the bottom line that is very helpful to the player. Virtues or defects aren’t the way to play, but perhaps we could speak of virtues and determine ways to stop it," she says. Susana’s objective is to convey to the players how to make the opponent feel uncomfortable on the court and not play her usual game. Although as noted by Susana, at this level the quality of the players is very high, "there are many players who don’t have identifiable traits because they are able to do everything. They are very competent players, dribbling with both hands, throw three point shot after dribbling and after a block, play one on one on the left and the right sides." So then, what do you say? "Nothing, they must be concentrating the whole game, and try to modify their shots or have the ball in their hands for the shortest time as possible," says Susana.

From the global to the concrete

Selección Española Femenina de BaloncestoThe scouting work is so complex that it needs to be done by two people and it can be as long as the level of detail required. They try to collect the as much information as possible and then present it to the players as specific information that allows the concepts to be easily understood. "Each coach may prefer to make a different kind of montage, as not only would there be a scouting description about the actions on the court but also solutions to what they are seeing. It is so important to know your opponent and "know how to breakdown their systems," says Roberto.

A game of spying where technology has entered a new realm "we now work with a new program called Nacsport provided by the Federation, which is great and makes our work much easier," said Susana. The new generation software is as important as the traditional blackboard and gadgets and you can also add points. A myriad of details that can remove a certain romanticism to the always useful pen and paper and make the capacity for surprise less each time. Nevertheless, Roberto recognizes that there is something that never changes, and it’s the advantage of seeing a live game to do a higher quality analysis. "You always see interesting things watching the game live. It’s when you see the signals better. The feelings are best seen live than on video, and you can perceive things that are beyond the plane of TV such as reactions of the bench, the players and coaches. The first thing to do is watch the live game and then work on the video’. An idea shared Susana García.

For her to see the players live "is different because you see different things, on the court you see feelings, attitudes, marks; things that you do not see in the video. However, the video lets you see other things, because you can go back and forth, you can see the game several times and make out different things." For the individual scout it is so important to see how a player handles the ball as part of her psychology. "There are players who know that if they have a bad start to the game, they lose their confidence. On the other hand, we must be aware of players who score on their first shots and they become someone to keep an eye on "says Susana.

“Everyone knows everyone’, adds Roberto Hernández, and for this reason it is worth having an ace up your sleeve for a key moment in the tournament. "The teams reserve some of their tactics for the right moment and they try not to show them before hand. We learn more each day, as we are able to view the games of our opponents and gather as much information as possible, such as the systems they use, the name of the defenses, rotations etc. As the tournament goes on you the more you know".

This is a championship where the defense is out mastering the attack and at the tactical level it is showing some interesting things. "The teams are showing many plays of double side blocks. For example, the guard with the ball receives two consecutive blocks on the side. It's not a surprise move but it is curious. Since we started the work of the scouting it has been a constant in many teams," said Roberto Hernández. He also recalls the large number of pivots doing blocks on the high post on the guard.

For Susana, with many years of experience and an unimaginable database of players, it is a tournament without surprise at the individual level. "I know them well enough. At the individual level I have seen all of them, I have a database of more than 700 players," she says. With this "spying" little is left to chance.

Susana and Roberto use their knowledge to assist the players; however the players of the Spanish Basketball Women's National Team also do a lot themselves. They listen carefully to all the instructions given on the court and in the video sessions. They watch live matches and videos in their rooms of the other teams to allow them to make their own conclusions. This is a basic task for concept assimilation. "If the players have a good level of concentration as ours do, they can easily apply their knowledge. If you tell a player 'this player starts on the left' you can see that the player is keeping an out for this action," says Susana.

Certainly, the attitude of the players helps them to understand the concepts easily. This is an important detail because usually there is not much time to work on the court and the scouting becomes basic. Our players are quite used to this dynamic, and usually they have a great capacity for assimilation." In the end, Roberto and Susana’s work is to communicate the concepts, but the players are the ones who have to use the knowledge to succeed.

Source: Spanish Basketball Federation (June 25, 2011)


Congratulations for the successes in the season 2010-2011

From Nacsport we want to congratulate all our customers who have achieved their objectives in this season. Especially we want to congratulate all those who have achieved success, among which are the following:

Valencia CF. Third ranked in the men first division of Spanish Football League. Qualified for the Champions League
Real Betis Balompié. First ranked in the men second division of Spanish Football League. Up to the first division
VV Noordwijk. Champion of the Dutch Men Amateur Football League
Basketball Club Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden. Champion of the Dutch Men Basketball League
Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club. Champion of the men first division of Spanish Hockey League
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Champion of the women first division of Spanish Hockey League
HC HGC. Champion of the men European Hockey League
FC Barcelona. Champion of the Spanish Men Cup of Roller Hockey
HYS The Hague. Champion of the Dutch Men Ice Hockey League

Congratulations to all of them and thank you for trust in our software. We hope to continue adding success together in coming seasons.

Version 1.2.750 released

Version 1.2.750 released

We have just uploaded the new update 1.2.750. This update is a bunch of improvements and fixes for all the versions on Nacsport. If you want to check out what is new just click here.

To download and install the update you only have to follow these instructions:

• If you have enabled automatic updates (When you start the program and you are connected to internet automatically will appears the message "Update available"):
• Click on the "Download" button to start the process

• If you don’t have enabled automatic updates:
• Click on the "Help" button in the main menu
• Click on the "Check for updates" button in the main menu
• Click the "Download" button in the new window that appears

If you are facing any problem during the installation process or after the update, please contact us just clicking here.

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