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Video Highlights and Analysis

PSV does not have a video/film policy but do we ask people to exercise good faith when it comes to filming and sharing videos. PSV does not upload or share videos on our website or social media platforms unless in special situations nor are videos officially shared with players/families. One reason is the amount of content that prohibits us from sorting, viewing, editing, selecting and sharing content. We ask that film is shared on request and between parents and players though as not everyone can be at the game and relatives and friends may want to see the game. We encourage people to share video with others and we enjoy watching them when time permits, however we dont use game videos for analysis or as a coaching aid as we use our own internal analysis methods for analyzing player and team performance. We dont need to see multiple games to see errors and tendencies and watch the same mistakes, as they can be worked on at the training field. Our coaches use our own backend system which allows us to tag players remotely but youtube/video is a more than sufficient video sharing platform for youth soccer. 

While we have no game filming protocol unless the event/referee state otherwise, no filming is permitted on the team sideline and filming should be made from an area that doesn't prevent other spectators from watching the game. 

It's an understatement to say our coaches value and invest significant amount of time analyzing and studying game film and training content at all levels of the game. Our coaches analyze team and player performance at the youth, college & professional levels on a daily basis.

Our coaches have had extensive working in TV/media. Simon and Gary were highlight editors/analysts for Australias biggest Soccer TV network SBSTV where they sold the best selling Coerver 1-2-3 Philips/SLS videos to SBSTV in what was a landmark deal in Australian soccer TV and youth coaching. They worked as editors of match highlights in their spare time when not playing and coaching, taking/editing highlights from all the worlds leagues and chopping them into 15-20 second segments for a 8-10 mins daily TV show, shown nationally. The head of SBS, Les Murray ('Mr Soccer'-the most famous and influential person in Australian Soccer at that time) mentored Gary & Simon, trusting their professional 'eye' due to their professional playing and coaching experiences. Their job was to edit highlights for a large audience/fans who only wanted to see goals/assists but they had had much more of an interest in analyzing movement and breaking down errors and build up play and movement off the ball.

"Capturing the goals and assists were fun and easy but 99% of the important stuff we had to edit out unfortunately. We had to remember it was for the fans or casual spectators who had little interest in the game itself but wanted to see highlights- Obviously as coaches and players we weren't interested in this and we quickly became bored. I had trouble making the deadlines as I spent most of my time watching (great) material that would never see the light of day. Les used to have to come and drag us out of the editing room asking for the final cut for the 7 pm primetime show. I probably spent 5 hours looking over 5 mins of game tape! I loved the technology which allowed me to scroll through the content very quickly. What a treat that was. Because I could not include the important material knew I didnt have a career in editing at that point as anyone could do it- they didnt need me to do it"

Some of our staff have independently provide game and player analysis for college bound players. As part of our college guidance we do help players with their college recruiting highlight clips. We identify content input/output and identify the strengths and weaknesses of players-when analyzing a player and providing scouting reports. When we have recommended players to college we have very rarely sent a highlight video or been asked for video by college coaches. On the rare occasions we have been asked they usually want to see an entire game film. Better still, they want to see a player train and play but video is the next best thing. Anyone saying they prefer video vs. viewing a player at an ID camp or in a game is not being truthful. 

To this day we dont watch more video, but we do watch the same material repeatedly It's remarkable when watching video for the 5th time how you find a new mistake or see an opportunity you never saw before. Learning how to watch the game and study body shape requires one to not to always follow the ball. The skill is not to always watch the actual ball/play but instead watch the players and movement off the ball; how are players physically preparing for the ball? (light on their feet, balanced, skipping, side on, running backwards etc); are they scanning the field? are they reading the transition? etc. 

"As a 15 year old player I would play video in slow motion and even backwards, going over the same plays 50-100x in order to find a way to correct it. or see other options I didnt want to watch much of my own game as I wanted to see the best players in the world.  I didnt keep watching goal highlights and if i did i looked for the build up and how opportunities were created and broke down every touch, every pass in minute detail...what if i took this touch or that touch?...I studied everything with a fine tooth comb'. (Gary Ireland) 

In youth soccer we dont use statistics for player analysis or development. In 30 years coaching youth soccer none of our staff has ever been asked or asked for statistics by/from college coaches. While statistics are interesting we already know who scores the most, who assists etc. We do however utilize video to analyze team and individual movement, correction of errors and technical interface but generally not for players younger than 14 years of age as many corrections take place on the training field. In addition as coaches we remember most actions (good and bad) in the game and are trained to recall these so rarely is video useful for analysis purposes at younger ages and not necessary at all for stats purposes. 

Away from PSV you may be interested to know that our coaches are very much involved/invested in video and film in the soccer and talent ID space: financing, directing, producing, consulting on film, documentaries & tech investment as well as working closely with some of the biggest sports media rights holders firms and right holders in the world-many of our former classmates/associates and employees work for and/or with UCL/UEFA/SportFive/Fox/ESPN/China TV and streaming company like MyCujoo. 

Gary, Carine, Simon and Ross started their own cable network TV show in Palo Alto for a year, producing, directing, editing and presenting over 20 one hour shows to their Silicon Valley audience shows. 

Several friends and associates can be seen and heard on TV when you watch EPL. Gary & Carine were in Hungary in the Spring of 2018 as guests of Puskas Academy (First Division team) doing U17 player video tracking vs Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Genk and others using IPads. They analyzed players tendencies, errors and successful actions. Goals and assists or stats were not looked at unless the player they were studying was involved or unless we are studying the movement that enabled us to creating goalscoring opportunities. They looked at technical and tactical material to be corrected on the training field such as: how players presented for the ball; timing of players' runs, angle/ body shape when receiving and passing; quality and type of receiving touch; transition; distribution techniques and much more. 

We assure you that if our coaches has access to the filming and editing equipment available today, we would have used every opportunity to analyze our own games so we do greatly value video analysis and encourage players to study their own game but especially they should watch professional soccer-  The problem is that many youth players don't know why they made an error, how they did it, what caused it, how to correct it so its important to figure out what and how to watch it. Being analytical and critical both positively and negatively is essential. Study not only the successful outcomes but also the unsuccessful ones too. Become a student of the game!    

Keep those camera's rolling and enjoy the film for years to come!