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Do you use videos in your coaching?

Recently at my home ground we had a problem with a parent who was videoing the game for the players to watch later in the week so they could point out where they were going wrong. A kind of view and review. Unfortunately he set up his tripod and his camera without asking permission from our club.

The chairman of our club came out and made the guy put all his stuff away and said he couldn’t allow the video to be taken without prior warning . He would have had to ask the parents of our players for their permission to allow it to happen.

Having a video of games would be extremely helpful in showing players where and how they could have moved and to show them the best positions they could take up.

Former Chelsea player Gus Poyet now manager of English League One team Brighton and Hove Albion recently said that he was looking forward to the opening of the new state-of-the-art stadium. He says he only has a portacabin to view and review the videos of his games.

It just goes to show that videos of games can be really useful in helping teams to watch and correct things that happen on the pitch.

I’m interested to know if any youth teams actually use videos of games to view and review.


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I think using video when training helps the person see and understand where they are going wrong and where they are getting it correct

Comment by football coaching drills

We have had no issues videoing our league games and we have used it extensively.

Nothing more compelling than seeing yourself on video to realize how much you can improve your speed and positioning.

Comment by JP

I’m intrigued by your chairman’s actions – if you’re playing in a public area (and most of us usually are, on council pitches or similar) then he has no right at all to refuse filming. Yes, the guy with the camera should have been polite enough to ask, but filming a game of youth football doesn’t breach any child protection guidelines as long as you don’t publish the video.

(And to answer the original question, our U10s team doesn’t have the facilities, but after spending most of this morning screaming “can we mark?!” from the sidelines, by god I’d love to have them.)

Comment by Ben W

We used to use this ”view and review” technique at Granada CF (spain) last season. It was with the U-20 team, so we never had the problem mentioned in the article, I dont think that it would be a problem for any team of any age in spain anyway. This technique helped us a lot in delievering our ideas as coaches to the players. I remember that most of the time it only took us 3 sessions to solve any problem we pointed out viewing the video of the game. We have never showed a video of the whole match though, we used to choose the most important situations of the game only, this way the players stay focused.

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