The Women’s Football Revolution

C.D. Trintxerpe have their eyes on new scopes

For every user of Veo, there is a unique story behind. With this blog, we want to tell the stories in order to inspire, educate and entertain. We’ve already described how an Australian grassroots club uses Veo, how Sydbank Pokalen—the Danish FA Cup—brings attention to the cup’s earlier stages and interviewed staff from Burnley’s youth academy on how they prepare talents for the Premier League.

This time, we’ve had a conversation with Joseba Sein, member of the coordination board in the Spanish club C.D. Trintxerpe.

Bringing Veo to the Basque Country

The club is situated in San Sebastián in the Basque Country, approximately 10 kilometres from the French border. Actually, we’ve met them before. In this post we described how C.D. Trintxerpe was one of the first clubs to use highlights recorded with Veo on social media to engage members of the club and strengthen club cohesion.

And it wasn’t a random decision to start filming and sharing highlights from their matches. For a period, the club had been searching for a solution to record their matches:

“We were searching the internet for information about a camera to record our matches manually and therefore found out about Veo. We found it to be a very interesting system and with many possibilities since the fact that nobody has to be filming physically simplifies the work a lot.

“Since we started publishing videos recorded with Veo, it has helped us get more and more players, family members and fans to follow us on social media. It’s something that brings us a little closer to our fans and also does so our players can see goals and plays from other teams,” said Sein.

A new scope

But C.D. Trintxerpe also has another motivation to invest in the club’s infrastructure. Recently, they began a collaboration with their local townsmen from Real Sociedad whose first team plays in La Liga. This means that the local kids from the Trintxerpe neighbourhood have a direct route to one of Spain’s biggest clubs. So every possible tool is used to make talent thrive and help players reach their threshold.

“We use Veo for analysis of the game, highlighting both technical and tactical aspects that the coach or the group of sports coordination believes appropriate. We have a training room where we show our players the most relevant parts of the recorded games on a big screen,”

“We believe that being able to record matches of our teams gives our coaches the possibility of improving both tactical and technical aspects both at the level of the player and the team,” said Sein.

A beautiful memory

And sometimes, it all comes together in Campo de futbol Trintxerpe:

“A couple of weeks ago our first youth team had a crucial game because a victory would secure avoiding relegation in the division. So it seemed like an exciting match to have recorded. We won 3-2, we got another year in the top division and we’re happy to have the game recorded as a beautiful memory,” said Sein.

This was the 3-2-goal that secured C.D. Trintxerpe another year in the Juvenil Honor division 1:

Veo in Spain

In Spanish, “veo” literally means “I see”. And at the moment, we have our eyes on Spanish football. Already, Galician club Bergantiños FC, Barcelona based CE Sabadell and Rayo Vallecano’s academy in Madrid use Veo. Hopefully, we’ll be able to tell more stories from Spain soon.

*The interview was conducted in Spanish and has been translated afterwards.

Four times we lost our focus on the pitch

It’s no secret that we love watching and sharing our team’s recordings here at Veo. Most times because there is pure gold to be found among the performances. Great goals, cheeky dribbles and exciting last minute winners.

But sometimes it’s not only the things that happen inside the pitch that takes our focus. Here, we have collected four highlights where what’s outside of the pitch steals focus in different ways.

Faroese landscapes

First is this Faroe Islands league game which appears to be played right by the sea with a view to the neighbouring rocky islands.

Just between us, there is actually a city, Leirvík, between the pitch and the water (see a picture here), which maybe even makes the pitch’s position even more spectacular. We could show literally hundreds of picturesque Faroese landscapes, but let’s continue our tour to continental Europe.

Swedish wood

Luckily, it’s not only in the Northern Atlantic we can find beautiful backgrounds for football pitches. The Swedish city Karlstad is situated right by Sweden’s biggest lake Vänern so it’s no surprise that the local football teams play their matches overlooking the great lake. In this recording, we find a beautiful seaside pitch in what appears to be in the middle of a forest.

This time, there is no optical illusion.The video is recorded in the local match between FBK Karlstad and Karlstad BK. The pitch is situated next to the lakeside by to the forest.‍

Urban ambience in the local barrio

Okay, now we change the scenery completely. CD Trintxerpe in the Basque metropol San Sebastián has the most charming arena in the middle of a local neighbourhood not so far from the city’s harbour.

The club’s neighbours really has the best seats for following their local team!‍

Who let the dogs out?

It’s not only the setting around the matches which can take focus away from the pitch. In this match from the Danish Series 1 (sixth tier in the Danish league system) on Lundtofte BK’s pitch, the away fans from Hundested IK make this lower league match something special. Hundested (which literally translates to “dogs place”) may have the most active fans in the Danish lower leagues and in this match from April, they celebrate their team with blue smoke, chants, flags and flares.

Have you recorded something with Veo in amazing environments? Please let us know at hello@veo.co.

“Keeping up with technology and innovation is really beneficial”

We went to Burnley and interviewed Shawn Young, U18s performance analyst, and John Townson, U18s assistant manager, about how they use video technology to improve talents in Premier League club Burnley FC.

Learn how Burnley FC use video technology to help their players become ready for playing Premier League football. The interview was filmed on a beautiful spring day in Barnfield, Burnley FC’s training ground.

Sydbank Pokalen and Veo continue partnership

Sydbank and Veo have once again partnered to record the early rounds of Sydbank Pokalen, the Danish Cup that has been held every year since 1955. The partnership between Sydbank and Veo started in 2018 when Sydbank became the main sponsor of the Danish Cup.

When the Danish bank Sydbank became the sponsor of the Danish cup, Sydbank Pokalen, they brought new ideas to the table. Instead of just focusing on the big professional clubs and seeing the tournament as a traditional billboard, Sydbank decided to pay significant attention to the earlier stages where smaller clubs—normally situated far from the spotlight—struggle to qualify for the later stages and maybe get a once-in-a-lifetime-experience when meeting the aforementioned professionals.

We’ve had a chat with Mads Strib Sørenssen, head of sponsorships in Sydbank, about their approach and what role a certain green camera (yes, we mean Veo) is playing.

“Sydbank is a nation-wide bank with a strong local presence in over 60 Danish cities. With the sponsorship of Sydbank Pokalen we wanted to really emphasize our commitment to these local communities knowing that clubs from all-round the nation participates in the tournament. We found that we had to bring some kind of value to the players and clubs involved in the tournament,” said Mads Strib Sørensen.‍

Showcasing the grassroots

A key part of these plans was to provide video technology for the many matches that normally wouldn’t have been recorded.

“As only a few clubs ever get to experience the magic of playing the final we wanted to bring the excitement of the final out to them, no matter what level they play at. One of the ways we found that we could do this was showcasing the grassroots players and their fantastic goals and plays that normally never attracts attention,” said Sørensen.

With more than 130 matches recorded last fall and a lot more planned this spring (the 2019/20 Sydbank Pokalen starts for the lower league teams in March ‘19 and the final is played in May ‘20) in both the women’s and men’s tournament, it was crucial for Sydbank to find a solution where the clubs could easily record and upload highlights from their matches. Sydbank chose Veo as the provider of the video technology.

“When we learned about Veo we instantly knew that this could be a great partnership. Veo is an innovative solution that offers something special that every club and player finds attractive. So we knew that we could create something special with the combination of our access to the tournament and Veo’s unique technical solution,” Sørensen said.‍

“That’s super cool!”

The partnership earned a shortlisting for a Danish Digital Award in the categories Content Production and Digital Activation (winners are yet to be announced). But it’s one thing is to have new and innovative ideas. The real test was how the clubs received the initiatives.

“The clubs are both grateful and excited about the opportunity to record their own matches. Most of the clubs at grassroot-level have never seen themselves playing football before so it’s quite unique for them. I have received many emails from thankful clubs. For instance one of the clubs replied to us: ‘Wow, I’m so excited to hear that we can borrow a camera. That’s super cool! What a great initiative!’” Sørensen said.

If you are a Danish club who participates in Sydbank Pokalen, you can apply to loan a Veo camera here: www.sydbank.dk/veo.

How the Faroese Bale was seen by millions

This is the story of an unusual goal scored in an unusual place and recorded by an unusual camera. The story of “the Faroese Bale” is also a story about a green camera with an ambition to change and democratise football.

The 0-1 goal by Andras Johansen in the match between B68 and B36’s reserves was in many ways an unusual goal. Not only was the goal quite spectacular. World class actually. As you can see in the video above, it was scored in with Faroe Islands’ breathtaking landscape in the background.

What also makes the goal so unusual is the fact that it has been seen by more than 3,000,000 people worldwide. A goal from the second best Faroese league, 1. deild. In a country with just 50,000 inhabitants. And less than 5,000 football players.

But how did a goal from the second best Faroese league gain such attention? Let’s take a look back at all the small steps that led to the goal going viral.‍

“The Faroese Bale” aka. Sandri Færø almost reenacts Gareth Bale’s iconic goal against FC Barcelona.

A green camera’s travel to Faroe Islands

Since the beginning of Veo, we’ve had an ambition to democratise football. Make it possible for clubs around the world to record and share highlights from their matches. And make the solution portable and affordable without the need of a cameraman.

Every camera we sell is assembled in our office in Copenhagen by our eccentric production unit. Every recording is processed and analysed with our ball detection software built from scratch by our software developing team. Every camera is sold and shipped from our sales department.

And then … In the outskirts of Europe. In Faroe Islands. A country with 50,000 inhabitants. On a stormy and snowy Saturday afternoon in March. In the country’s second best league. An absolutely amazing goal is scored by an amazing football player. And captured by a green camera from Nørrebro in Copenhagen.

A goal we discovered because we received a question about the camera’s performance in grey weather and we—perhaps unfairly—thought of Faroe Islands as the place to look for recordings with grey and gloomy weather.‍

Going viral

We shared the goal on our Instagram account as we sometimes do when we find spectacular moments. The goal quickly spread from Veo’s Instagram account and was reposted by several accounts on both Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And as of today, approximately a month after the goal was scored, the goal has been seen by more than 3 million people. That’s pretty unusual for a goal scored in the Faroese second best league!

Today, more than 99 % of all football matches today are not recorded. Our mission in Veo is to make it possible for everybody to record their matches. When Sandri Færø from B36 took a long touch on the ball he probably didn’t have neither video technology, artificial ball detection or Gareth Bale’s iconic out-of-bounds-run against FC Barcelona in mind. But when we saw it here in our office in Copenhagen, it reminded us so much of it that we had to share it.

Because this is what Veo is all about.

New product video with Burnley F.C.

We went to Burnley to meet the local Premier League club and to film our new product video.

In Veo, we are proud of our many clubs who use our camera and platform. We have provided various clubs, big and small, with a portable and affordable solution to record their football matches.

One of our more profiled users is Premier League club Burnley F.C. They have been using Veo since the beginning of the year in their academy to analyse matches and optimise training. In other words, a perfect match for Veo’s mission. So we took a trip to Burnley to talk with the club and shoot some footage for a new Veo product video.

We met Shawn Young, performance analyst for Burnley’s under-18 team, on a beautiful British spring day. Burnley F.C.’s training facilities are situated on the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall – an early renaissance castle surrounded by Lancashire’s blooming fields. Perfect conditions for spending a day with the Clarets!

But we didn’t take the trip from our office in Copenhagen just to chat about landscapes and old castles. So please enjoy our new product video!

We had a long talk with Shawn Young about how they use Veo to prepare the youngsters in their academy to one day enter Turf Moor. But we’ll save that conversation for a later blog post.

A short story of three clubs sharing their highlights

With Veo, you can create and share highlights from your own football matches. As more clubs have started using Veo, we have seen different ways to share highlights with fans, players, parents and everyone else who has an interest in your club. Here, we have found three very different clubs who use Veo to create and share highlights from some of their matches.

FC Copenhagen: Youtube and Twitter

Danish club FC Copenhagen has used Veo for quite some time now. Recently, they started using Veo sharing highlights from their youth matches recorded with Veo. They have shared highlights from matches on both their Youtube channel “FCK TV” and on Twitter.

Using Veo, the 12 times Danish champions Copenhagen gives their fans a unique possibility to follow the club’s youth teams and they don’t have to be concerned about finding a cameraman and an elevated spot next to the field.

See how FC Copenhagen use Veo to share highlights.

Grenaa IF: website

We wrote about Grenaa IF in this blog post because we love the way they share their highlights from the club’s matches on their website. By linking to the club’s public Veo platform, they give fans, parents and the players themselves a possibility to watch and rewatch not only selected highlights, but the whole matches.

So if you have a kid playing for Grenaa IF’s under-14 team you will never miss one minute of hers or his game. As far as we know, Grenaa IF’s solution is unique and you can check it out here.‍

CD Trintxerpe: Instagram

The spanish club C. D. Trintxerpe K. E. bought a camera on Veo’s webshop in the beginning of the year. Since then, Trintxerpe has used the camera on all levels on their charming urban homeground Campo de Futbol Trintxerpe in San Sebastián.

Campo de Futbol Trintxerpe in Donostia/San Sebastián (Picture from Google Maps)

Trintxerpe’s first team plays in Preferente Gipuzkoa Grupo 1. It’s the sixth tier in the Spanish league system and third in the Basque Country. The club has teams on all youth levels.

In Veo, we have grown to be fans of the Basque club after seeing how they post highlights from their matches on Instagram. The videos from the small urban homeground reminds us what football is really about and how beautiful goals and details shouldn’t rely on big budget broadcasting systems to be made available to fans and followers. For Trintxerpe, Veo has made it possible to share highlights from their games. See how on Trintxerpe’s Instagram.

However you want to share highlights from your own matches, Veo is a simple and affordable solution. You can easily mark and download all highlights of your matches.

Read more about how to record football matches.

Read more about how you can create and share highlights

Grenaa IF has integrated Veo on their website

The ultimate dream for Veo is a world where every single football match around the world is recorded and shared. The principal idea of Veo came when co-founder Keld Reinicke was once late for his son’s football match and missed the goals scored before his arrival. That sparked the idea of Veo.

However, there is still a small step between recording a football match with Veo and actually make the recordings available for parents, players and, well, fans of the team.

Danish club Grenaa IF has made a solution to share the highlights they record with Veo. And here at Veo, we absolutely love their solution.

Click and see how Granaa IF shares highlights from their football matches.

Grenaa IF’s football department has more than 500 members. Their elite male first team is part of FC Djursland who plays in the Denmark Series, 4th tier in the Danish football league system. Not all matches are recorded on this level. But you’ll never miss a moment of Grenaa IF’s matches.

It’s possible for every club to link to its public page at app.veo.co and share highlights for players, parents and fans.

“Veo will allow us to refine and improve all aspects of our play”

In Veo, we have a mission to improve talent development and assist clubs all around the world with a portable and affordable solution to recording football matches. So when we heard from Riccardo Marchioli, head coach of Brunswick City Soccer Club in Melbourne, Australia, approximately 16,000 kilometres from our office in Copenhagen, we had to know more about how they use Veo.

“Systems like Veo that allow the coaching staff to tag highlights or important pieces of data and share them with players in a form that they can view at home in their own time is invaluable when you’re dealing with semi-professional footballers in the NPL who perhaps cannot come into the club every day but still want to learn, improve and compete at their threshold,” Marchioli said.

Riccardo Marchioli on the touchline. Now, Veo can help him analyse the matches.

“The system does it all”

Marchioli took over the seat by the end of last season along with co-coach Ricardo Martinez. They shared an ambition of implementing the newest technology in their team managing approach. Including videoing their matches. But as a semi-professional club working on a budget, Brunswick City didn’t have the resources to engage cameramen and producers so they had to look elsewhere for a solution.

“Our president, Peter Kyriopoulos, came across the technology as we looked for an alternative solution to filming each game,” said Marchioli.

And Veo turned out to be a perfect match for Brunswick City.

“We needed a technology that would allow us to easily cut highlights or coaching moments and Veo’s wide angle lens makes it far easier to see the full picture. The fact that Veo automatically tracks the ball means that nobody has to physically stand there filming, the system does it all on its own and allows us to watch it back shortly after.

“Our club officials set it up quite easily. It is very stable and offers a lot of elevation, giving a clear picture of the field. The smartphone app is very straightforward and actually allows us to watch the footage in real time, either on the bench or on the sideline,” said Marchioli.‍

“Veo allow us to refine and improve all aspects of our play”

Situated in West Melbourne, Brunswick City Soccer Club plays in the National Premier League’s second tier (overall 3rd tier in the Australian soccer league system).

The club was founded in 1970 by Greek immigrants and have since grown to be an important institution in the local community in the Melbourne suburb. Today the club has senior-, U20- and U18-teams and almost 400 youth players. Both women, men, girls and boys down to U13 use Veo. The senior first team use Veo every week to evaluate and improve performances.

“From a first team perspective, we use it predominantly for individual player clips and highlighting tactical moments. We are just starting to use it consistently, but will be tagging highlights for individual players to view on their smartphones as well as sharing various tactical moments with the team to view and discuss among themselves.

“In our youth program Veo is used to highlight tactical movements as well as technical issues and decisions to improve each player in our program. Veo allow us to refine and improve all aspects of our play as we educate and highlight specific moments and review those with our players,” said Marchioli.‍

“One percent can give you a positive edge”

Despite his young age, Riccardo Marchioli has gained a lot of experienced. By the age of 27, he has been an NPL technical director, a state representative coach, a head coach in the Women’s Premier League and the Head Coach of Victoria University. That’s 12 years of accumulated coaching experience! And he has a clear opinion about the use of modern technology in sports.

“I am still 27 years old so I have grown up alongside some major technological advancements. At this level and above, one percent can give you a positive edge, and it is the coach’s job to implement the use of whichever technology he feels will be useful.

“We are in the exciting process of creating our own data tracking and analysis system and have also just implemented the use of GPS vests to track physical metrics during sessions and games. Data on its own can be difficult to read and digest and it is the coach’s job to absorb as much information as possible and translate what’s useful quickly and efficiently to players to improve their performance,” Marchioli said.

Already today, Veo is an important tool in Marchioli and Martinez’ evaluation of Brunswick City’s matches.

“This week we used Veo to prepare a package of positive moments of play. It’s easy to use technology like Veo only to focus on negative or fixable moments so we decided to use the footage to highlight our strong passages of play, good positioning, and times that we entered zones specific to our playing model,” said Marchioli.‍

Read more about Brunswick City’s season.

Read more on how to record football matches.

Welcome to Veo’s blog!

Welcome to the new Veo blog – a tech and football enthusiastic blog.

With this new initiative, we hope to inspire, educate and entertain users of Veo and everyone else who is interested in how video technology complements the beautiful game.

The content on this blog will consist of a mixture of case stories from all around the world, tech stuff, news about our organisation, analysis of great goals and everything else that’s on our mind.‍

News from Veo (H2)

Veo is in on a fast-paced journey at the moment and the organisation is growing rapidly. Soon, we will introduce Veo on the North American market and we hope to make it available in the rest of the world during 2019. We are constantly working on new features and on optimising both the software and hardware as we learn from our users. This and much more we would like to share with you.

In our core, Veo is a tech company (our full name is after all Veo Technologies) and from time to time our tech guys stumble upon some interesting challenges in the developing process. Veo has been through numerous iterations with countless adjustments, failed experiments and new designs and we would love to share our technological milestones.‍

Case stories (H3)

In Veo, we have a mission to democratise football and make it possible for everyone to share their football stories. Once in a while we will go deeper into cases with clubs that we find particularly interesting. We want to inspire our users to get the fullest out of Veo by the users’ stories from all around the world.

Great moments by Veo (H4)

In Veo’s lifetime, well over 4,000 football matches have been recorded and uploaded to our system. This means we have a goldmine of spectacular moments that would not have been captured if it had not been for Veo. In Veo, we are mad about football so of course we watch a lot of highlights where players on all levels do amazing stuff. Sometimes we see things that are simply too extraordinary to keep for ourselves.‍

And all the other things on our mind

News from Veo, case stories and great moments are only a sample of our plans. We have a lot of other things in pipeline that we’re looking forward to telling you about.

Thank you for reading. We hope to see you again when we start posting. Our first story is a case story all the way from Australia where we’ve had a talk with the trainer of Brunswick City Soccer Club about how they use Veo to optimise their performances. We’ll post that tomorrow.

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