Hertha Berlin Goes Live with Hudl Replay

Hertha Berlin want­ed to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion between ana­lysts, coach­es and play­ers in real-time envi­ron­ments.

We caught up with Dominik Wohlert, Chief Analyst at the Bundesliga side, to under­stand how they deal specif­i­cal­ly with the chal­lenges of analysing foot­ball in live situations.

One of the key aims of Hertha BSC’s analy­sis work­flow is to analyse sit­u­a­tions and pro­vide feed­back as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, whether that be team tac­tics or indi­vid­ual per­for­mance. This can only be pos­si­ble with a well-struc­tured frame­work that pro­vides seam­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion between all parties.

“A big prob­lem with in-game analy­sis before we start­ed using Hudl Replay was the con­ver­sa­tion with the coach­ing staff,” said Wohlert.​“It took way more time because I had to explain the sit­u­a­tion to them. Now (using Hudl Replay) they can see footage on their own.

“On a match­day, we use an inter­nal wired net­work for com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the stands and the bench. During train­ing we cre­at­ed our own wire­less net­work that allows me to inter­face with the coach direct­ly. We use Hudl Replay reg­u­lar­ly in every train­ing ses­sion and on match day, whether we are at home or away.”

Having smooth and visu­al communication between the analyst and the coach is not important, it’s actually critical.

The abil­i­ty to imme­di­ate­ly react to an opponent’s tac­tics or to a bad sit­u­a­tion on the pitch can be the dif­fer­ence between win­ning or losing.

“On a match day, Hudl Replay has a big impact on the game,” said Wohlert. ​“It makes the con­ver­sa­tion much eas­i­er and I can show them (the coach­ing staff) sit­u­a­tions on the pitch with­out hav­ing to explain what’s going on. They can see the match from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and then make bet­ter deci­sions for the team.”

Matchday analy­sis is only one of the many aspects of video analy­sis con­trolled by Wohlert’s five-man team. At Hertha BSC, a great deal of atten­tion is also paid to train­ing to pro­vide what he describes as​“pow­er­ful moments to improve the play­ers’ capabilities”.

“In the past, it was nor­mal for play­ers to go show­er right at the end of the train­ing ses­sion, for­get­ting a lot of what hap­pened on the pitch,” said Wohlert.​“Now we get a huge ben­e­fit from train­ing because we can speak with them on the pitch, show them the sit­u­a­tions that are going on and help them make things bet­ter. The play­ers like Hudl Replay because they’re inter­est­ed in hav­ing direct feed­back and now we can pro­vide them with what they want.”

“In my dai­ly work, I use both Replay and Sportscode. The link between the two tools is good and fast. It allows me to share my spe­cif­ic instances with mine or the coach­es iPad and I think it’s a huge ben­e­fit for my work”.

“Hudl Replay allows us to react to the oppo­nent in-game. It helps us make bet­ter decisions.”

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