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.

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 are now proud owners and super-users 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. The Spiideo panoramic camera system has literally been a game-changer for the teams.

Project Outcomes

With cutting-edge camera equipment, player development is advancing, and student-athletes are competing at their highest levels. The soccer teams’ video footage has improved significantly, enabling deeper analysis and the ability to execute it in real-time—during practice and games. Additionally, the Spiideo system has made coaches more efficient, allowing them to go beyond what was previously possible in using video as a teaching and learning tool with student-athletes. Now, at the practice field, coaching staff provide players with instant feedback, using an iPad to show and draw on a video clip, then give clear, comprehensive instruction. Coaches also tag key plays as they happen throughout a game and then have these clips cued up for player viewing and discussion during half-time. They even track data and usage patterns to better monitor and increase player and coach engagement.

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

-Jen Scanlon and Bill Swartz

The Spiideo system has placed more control and responsibility into players’ hands too. Watching and self-analyzing their training and game clips has proven to be an invaluable learning experience for student-athletes.

And last but not least, the Hahn support of this project has led to increased team support. By enhancing the live-stream capabilities, more parents, alums, and fans are able to follow games online and feel more connected to the teams and colleges.

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