10 Reasons to Buy Dartfish 9

If you have Dartfish already this is 10 reasons to upgrade!

1.     The Zone Tool

Analysis is all about Who, What, When and Where. Most software’s are fine at capturing the Who, What and When but struggle with the Where. A turnover or poor pass in your defending zone is a lot more dangerous than one in the opponent’s half. You need to know Where events happened, not just that they happened.

Dartfish’s Zone Tool allows you do just that.

Zone Tool 1

Simply create as many zones as you need, all overlaid on one image.

2.     The Zone Tool

Yes, it’s so good it gets a mention twice. There are 2 ways to use the zone tool and the 2nd way marks Dartfish out against all its competitors. You can use the Zone Tool to give you co-ordinates on the pitch. For example, here is a screen shot of Tennis Serve placement


And here is an example from Football


Dartfish allows you easily Tag/Code this information using the Zone Tool and then you can use Excel or Tableau to make the nice graphics. This added value of visual information instead of just a table of results is what players and managers are looking for. The Dartfish Zone Tool will have you the envy of all your colleagues.

3.     Dartfish Note

In 2016 it’s all about mobile. While it’s still necessary to do the heavy lifting of analysis on a desktop, you need a mobile solution for in-game stats and to speed up the entire analysis process. Dartfish Note (which you can download and try out for free) is a great App for being able to capture the basics at the side of the pitch. This means you can give players and coaches key facts as the game is progressing while you are also capturing the key events to later synchronise with your video.


Note is fully customizable and you can start from a blank template or one of the pre-loaded starter panels.

4.     Dartfish Express

You’re at the training ground and would love to do some quick analysis with a player. In the olden days (say 2 years ago) this involved getting a laptop, camera and all sorts of cables set up. Now it’s just as easy to take out your mobile device and start recording. Want to play the clip in slow motion, compare one player to another , draw some angles or lines to help the player understand – no problem. Once you are done you can simply pop the phone away or even better why not upload it for the player to review for himself when he gets home from practice.


5.     Dartfish TV

Dartfish TV is really the Glue that holds everything together. Sure you can upload video to a host of sites, pay little or nothing to have it hosted and share it with your team. But Dartfish TV is different. This cloud technology allows you upload tagged content. Once you have finished tagging your game you can now upload the entire game, including the tags (events) and allow your players or managers search and replay the clips they need to see.


No need to make a playlist for every player or type of event. The player’s click the dedicated secure link and can simply search for the event they want to watch.

This is not just video on any device, its tagged, searchable video on any device. Players get to watch the clips before they come to training saving you valuable time to spend more time on the practice field.

6.     Synchronization

syncA MyDartfish account allows you synchronize everything. That video you took with express on the field – well now it’s sync’d with your Ipad back at the office.

That game you tagged on Note – now you want to attach it to the video, no problem. Simply publish the Notebook from your mobile device, open Tagging on your desktop and now you can import those tags and it will save you loads of time.

This is one of the great advantages of Dartfish Note, while it’s impossible to capture everything in real-time you can get a lot of the basics done during the game and then add the detail later, without having to start over.

7.     AverMedia Video Capture

The Live Gamer Portable from AverMedia is a wonderful device. Costing just £XXX this device allows you capture a live stream from a TV, camcorder or even a web stream. Ever heard the term Monday morning quarter back? It refers to the idea of being able to see what ‘should’ have happened after the event. At the elite end of sport, we don’t have time to be right on Monday, we need to get the critical decisions right on the day. Sometimes that might be instinct, sometimes it might be data and other times you just need to show the coach or players what happened.


A great little added bonus here is the device doesn’t require an extra power source, so in tight spots or where you can’t plug in this works great.

8.     Blackmagic Pro Recorder

This device is similar in functionality to the AverMedia but with some very nice added features. First you have more control over the video setting and hence the video quality. Secondly, This magic box converts the video to the H.264 format, an industry standard in video codec’s and a small but high quality format. Thirdly, is that in Tagging Live, yes Dartfish allows you record and tag at the same time, the Pro Recorder allows you review anywhere along the timeline while continuing to record. Want to review something while the ball is out of play, no problem. Then just click the return to live button and you’ve caught up with the live action.

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9.     Easy Export To Excel

Most people are happy to use just the video part of software, but data has a big role to play. Some software programmes (that cost a lot more than Dartfish) don’t allow you export any video. Dartfish couldn’t make it easier for you.

Want to export the table? Just right click.

Want to export the full data set, that’s easy. Export Events.

You can export the data and then produce all the graphs and visualisations you need in Excel. Build nice dashboards so you can send on your reports once your tagging is done.


import-software10.Import From Other Software

You can import events from other software programmes (why would you use anything else after reading the 10 points above). But if you already use Sportscode or Opta and want to import that data into Dartfish now you can.

We already have some clients who wish to use the Zone Tool (2) with their existing Sportscode software, so now they import the video and tags to Dartfish, apply the zone tool to some of their data and visualize using Excel.


Here is the added bonus. Miraculously the Price of Dartfish Premium (ConnectPlus desktop software, MyDartfishCloud with 50GB of storage space and Dartfish Note, with synchronization capabilities) is available for just €700

Click here to learn more and signup for a free trial.

I promise you won’t find a desktop software with the capabilities of Dartfish 9, a Tagging App and a Cloud hosting solution for less than that.


Dartfish Conference 2014

Dartfish Conference

Do you:

  • Want to improve how quickly you analyse a game?
  • Want to improve how you share your video with players and coaches?
  • Want to learn more about live tagging?

Dartfish has changed, what started as a desktop only software has now turned into a complete video solution. There are now 3 different apps available, which allow you tag live and share more easily with coaches and players. Dartfish TV and the software has improved each year and now offer a much easier way to share your analysis with more people.

This event is a great opportunity to learn how these apps can improve your video analysis process, how the improvement in Dartfish TV will save you time and how it can be used by the whole coaching staff.

The event is FREE – Regardless of whether you use the software at it’s most basic level or you currently use Dartfish TV – the Conference will show you ways to improve in all areas of your analysis.

If you would like to book on to this FREE conference please click on the link below to register:


Sports Performance Analysts Professional Network Meeting

IMG_2152Rob and Stephen Carroll from Toca Sports attended the very first Sports Performance Analysts Professional Network Meeting on the 5th of June.  It was hosted by The Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and it was attended by a host of Dartfish users from all corners of Ireland.  It was run by Johnny Bradley, Denise Martin and Alan Swanton.

Alan Swanton, lead analyst with the Irish Boxing Team, opened the workshop and outlined how Performance Analysis is a very young discipline in sports science and how there is a need to build a community of expertise in Ireland. He highlighted that despite the many differences between sports, the process for each analyst is generally similar and that there is a lot to be learned from each other.

Professor in Analytics Bill Gerrard, delivered an excellent keynote address where he outlined his work with Billy Beane of ‘Moneyball’ fame. Gerrard also shared the process of his work with Saracens Rugby Club for the last four years. He revealed how after winning the Premiership in the UK they began to benchmark themselves against the best club sides in Europe and how he spent a whole summer studying Leinster – much to the amusement of Leinster analysts Emmet Farrell and John Buckley who were in attendance.

The recommendations from the report were also distributed to delegates for feedback on how to move the discipline forward in the coming years. Some of the comments from delegates included the following:

‘There is consensus among the group that we are prepared to mentor young analysts and give them placement opportunities’Richard Malone, Irish Hockey

‘There is a need to highlight to the national governing bodies that 86% of their coaches want more information and training in performance analysis and put strategies in place to address this’Robert Carroll ‘thevideoanalyst.com’

Performance Analysis lecturers from UCD, WIT, IT Carlow, Leeds Met, UCC, Athlone IT and ITB received a resounding message from the analysts working in the field that they need graduates to have practical experience and knowledge. There was a recognition that many graduates would have to ‘serve their time’ through unpaid internships to get into positions but the general feeling was that when sports find someone competent, they certainly try and hold on to them.

Dr Denise McGrath of UCD made the point that the community need to produce case studies of examples for coaches and students showing how performance analysis makes a difference to performance. The key message of the day is that the group needs to start selling the value of performance analysis and what it can add to the coaching process.

Dartfish Note – Video Analysis Software IPad App

dartfish-noteWhat is Dartfish Note

Dartfish Note is an app for iOS and Android, used to record observations and timings of important aspects of a game/match/contest. It produces a Notebook which is used in conjunction with the dartfish.tv video platform (where Notebooks are stored and distributed) and Dartfish Tagging software (which imports Notebooks to turn notes into events in the corresponding match video).

The goal of using Note is to efficiently produce annotated match video, highlight reels, video presentations and statistics – all the power of Dartfish software plus the possibilities of live tagging on a smartphone or tablet.

You can download Note from the App Store

Tag/Code Events With Dartfish Note

The coach doesn’t write his notes; instead keywords and phrases describing the action are recorded with button taps and, because every coach’s priorities differ, he’ll start by designing a panel of buttons which satisfy those. There are two types of button:

  1. Buttons which create the event and record its time.
  2. Buttons which add additional keywords to describe the event

Furthermore, particularly outstanding events can be rated by tapping the star button.

What’s The Difference Between Dartfish EasyTag and Dartfish Note

  1. Easytag records one keyword per event – Note records up to three.
  2. Easytag only tags events – Note also tags the game
  3. A separate Easytag game must be created for each video recording – Note allocates events to periods, one for each video recording.
  4. Easytag panel layouts are simple and fixed – Note panels allow considerably more freedom and can be edited
  5. In Easytag, each button is defined individually – Note uses button groups to define collective properties and buttons can be duplicated. This makes creation of a Note panel much quicker and less error-prone.
  6. Note has a database of teams and players – personalize buttons quickly and simply, even while tagging.
  7. Note allows rating of events – makes the standout events standout
  8. Multiple undo

Dartfish Note Tutorial

Online Video Analysis Course

performance-profiling-screen-shot-300x168We are delighted to announce that Robert Carroll from Toca Sports has developed an Online Performance Analysis Course after almost 10 years working as an Analyst.  There are so many coaches and analysts who are starting out and want to learn more about analysis but can’t afford the money or time to go back to full time education. At present there are very few education opportunities available outside the UK & Ireland and even fewer online options.

Rather than build an off-line course that forced you to get to a certain venue on a certain day Robert wanted to build something that coaches could ‘attend’ from anywhere in the world. Online offers the chance to share his experience with as many people as possible.  He has also enlisted the expertise of Stuart Lierich and Ben Alamar who are both specialists in their areas and have a wealth of experience to share with you.

The course is broken into a series of video lectures (over 400 mins of video) lasting between 5 and 15 mins and you can log in and watch them whenever and wherever you want. They key is that you can continue your learning and you won’t have to leave your house! There’s a strong community around the course so it’s filled with opportunities to ask questions and chat with other coaches (and Robert also) from around the world.

We really hope you will check the course out and get involved. You can see all the details here…


Sports Surgery Clinic uses Dartfish & Dartfish TV

The Sports Surgery Clinic have recently posted a video on their website about the exclusive use of Dartfish Software and Dartfish TV in their clinic.  The video was specific to groin recovery and how using Dartfish and Dartfish TV you are given rehabilitation exercises whilst in the clinic and the videos are uploaded to Dartfish TV immediately allowing you access to them at any time.

To view the video click below:



Performance Analysis in Irish Sport is Growing

New colloborative research from the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI), Coaching Ireland, and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), has highlighted the growing prevalence and use of performance analysis (PA) in Irish Sport across all levels.

The research found that 51% of coaches (level 1 and above) use performance analysis with higher adoption among the more experienced/qualified coaches.


Coaches not using performance analysis

When coaches were asked why they did not use PA, 26% felt they did not know enough about the area to use it effectively, while 30% said they could not afford it. 21% of coaches thought their athletes were not competing at an appropriate level. However, 88% of coaches who do not use PA said they would like training on how to integrate PA effectively into their coaching programmes.

This questionnaire and subsequent analysis has been developed by the Irish Institute of Sport (Alan Swanton) with the Sports Institute Northern Ireland (Johnny Bradley) and Blanchardstown Institute of Technology (Denise Martin) and has looked to evaluate the use, value and integration of performance analysis in all avenues of Irish sport, targeting coaches with a level 1 coaching qualification and above. The online-survey was distributed through the Coaching Ireland database of qualified coaches, targeted national governing bodies and through professionals working within performance analysis in Ireland. A total of 538 coaches completed the survey across 33 sports.

For the full article click on the link here

Performance Analysis Books

There has been a significant growth in the number of analytical books now on the market. Here is a list of our Top 5 books that we think are worth checking out.  While not all will be relevant to your sport I think there is value in reading how other sports have applied the principle of analysis and discovering new and innovative ways you can adapt that to your sport. So in no particular order here’s the list.

the numbers game

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong. Chris Anderson & David Sally

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? The Numbers Game is essential reading for football fans everywhere and will also appeal to readers who loved Moneyball and Freakonomics.

the success equation

The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

What role, exactly, do skill and luck play in our successes and failures? Some games, like roulette and the lottery, are pure luck. Others, like chess, exist at the other end of the spectrum, relying almost wholly on the skill of the players.
But in every other domain–from business, to investing, to sports–skill and luck seem almost hopelessly entangled.
In his provocative new book, Michael Mauboussin untangles the intricate strands of skill and luck, defines them, and provides useful frameworks for analyzing their relative contributions. He offers concrete suggestions for how to put these insights to work to your advantage in business and other dimensions of life.

sports analytics

Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers

Benjamin C. Alamar founded the first journal dedicated to sports statistics, the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He developed and teaches a class on sports analytics for managers at the University of San Francisco and has published numerous cutting-edge studies on strategy and player evaluation. Today, he cochairs the sports statistics section of the International Statistics Institute and consults with several professional teams and businesses in sports analytics. There isn’t a better representative of this emerging field to show diverse organizations how to implement analytics into their decision-making strategies, especially as analytic tools grow increasingly complex.


Handbook for Soccer Match Analysis

Analyzing individual and team play is essential to improving performance in soccer, but identifying the right information and putting it to good use can be tricky. This is the first book to focus entirely on match analysis in the game of soccer. Representing an essential and unique resource, this handbook looks at the very latest in match analysis research, and at the innovative technologies being used by professional clubs. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, it documents the methods by which coaches, sport scientists and fitness coaches can improve individual and team performance in soccer. Published 2006.


Performance Assessment for Field Sports: Physiological, Psychological and Match Notational Assessment in Practice

What are the most effective tools, techniques and technologies available to coaches and sport scientists in the assessment of player and team performance? This is the first book dedicated to the assessment of performance in field sports such as soccer, rugby, hockey and lacrosse. It provides detailed and clear information about the laboratory and field-based methods that can be used to evaluate improvements in individual and team performance, from basic physiological assessment to the use of video and information technologies.