Jen Scanlon and Bill Swartz

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Project Overview

Awardees: Jen Scanlon, Professor of Physical Education and Women’s Soccer Coach and Bill Swartz, Professor of Physical Education and Soccer Coach

Title: Soccer Video System and Analysis Project

Goal: To implement the use of Spiideo, a video recording solution, to enhance the teaching and learning of the men’s and women’s soccer programs

Project Description

The evolution of sports video technology and analysis has developed to the point of being able to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track a ball and the flow of a game—in this case, soccer—without a camera operator. This project helped fund the Spiideo Virtual Panoramatechnology camera system in support of the men’s and women’s soccer programs, impacting coaching staff and 60+ student-athletes between both teams.

The practical applications of what we can do with the Spiideo system are endless.

-Jen Scanlon and Bill Swartz

Between the size of the field and the speed of the game, soccer can be an extremely difficult sport to film. Therefore, the teams’ previous game video was limited in its quality and quantity, putting them at a competitive disadvantage. They had to rely on manual recordings, and video could not be viewed in real-time, so technical and tactical analysis was delayed and less impactful. Through support from the Hahn Teaching with Technology Program, the teams will soon be proud owners of a fixed camera system installed at the main soccer field as well as a mobile unit that travels between the practice field and away games.

Project Outcomes

Unfortunately, the Spiideo equipment installation was delayed, so more updates are forthcoming as the teams begin using it and seeing its benefits.

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