What makes a great soccer app?

This simple question can set off a firestorm of different opinions, and there are all types of soccer apps for many different niches, but in the end I think the answer is really simple.

There are video streaming soccer apps for watching Premiere League and MLS games. These fall into the classification of “passive” soccer apps because you’re not really doing anything “functional” with them. They’re simply “feeding” you information but you’re not really an active participant in the interaction.

On the flip side of the coin are the soccer apps where you are an active participant in the interaction and you actively contribute as part of the usage of the app.

For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll be answering the question of “what makes a great soccer app” in the context of a “functional app” because watching games is going to be the same no matter what soccer app you choose to stream the video to your computer or phone.

The simple answer is a “great soccer app is an app that’s all about soccer.”

But what does this really mean?

To begin with, a soccer app should be built specifically for soccer instead of a generic app built for 100s of sports and other random activities (think apps like TeamSnap for example).

Secondly, a great soccer app should handle all of the things a soccer team /club needs to run efficiently. It should save time for soccer club administration and save money for the club.

Thirdly, a great soccer app should help coaches save time so they can spend more time on the pitch and less time in front of their computers.

Lastly, a great soccer app needs to help a soccer coach win more games. Winning is fun, winning keeps players interested in the sport and parents reward clubs that win with their money instead of “club hopping”.

Not that winning is the only thing that matters but shouldn’t a great soccer app help you win “more”? After all, nobody puts in the effort to practice hard to lose.

So what soccer app actually does all this?

SocrPro.com is the one and only soccer app that was built from the ground up specifically, and only, for soccer and because of this focus, is the only soccer app that can actually help a team / club save time, save money and help it win more games.

Let’s start from the winning perspective and work our way back to the saving time issue.

It’s a proven fact that coaching video not only helps the players gain soccer IQ, it actually helps soccer coaches become better coaches as new insights regularly present themselves. When you step back and see the whole field, in slow motion, frame by frame, or back and forth, suddenly things you never notice in the excitement of the live game become obvious.

Since I’ve never met a soccer coach that had “too much time” on their hands, it’s important to see how the Scheduling System, Session Planner, and Player Evaluation System will save a massive number of hours for coaches.

Some clubs are large enough to have dedicated admin staff but no club is large enough that even with these helping hands, the coaches are not still actively involved when it’s time for travel, tournaments, and showcase events. Even ensuring the committed players actually make it through the registration process will usually fall onto the coach’s shoulders.

Having an automated registration system reduces time commitments and complexity from the start of the onboarding process and makes it monumentally easier to collect payments… especially if your club is not a “rich” club and needs to offer payment plans to ease the burden on the player’s parents.

In summary, what makes a great soccer app is an app built for soccer and an app that saves time, saves money and helps win more games.

The #1 soccer app, and the only app, that actually does all of this for soccer is SocrPro.com.

Built for soccer and only soccer. You will see and “feel” the obvious difference the 1st time you log in to SocrPro as a soccer coach, admin, player and even parents.

The Best Camera For Soccer?

Parents of soccer players ask me this question all the time and while there is never a single answer to a question like this, there are definitely ways to make the answer simple for you.

But before I start offering my opinion, based on years of real world experience, let me first tell you that I’m not an Audio / Video (AV) expert, I don’t hang out in the AV forums, we’re not going to talk about the “lossy” quality of the codecs or the benefits / drawbacks of the various video compression schemes.

If you’re looking for the king of “geek speak”, you’re reading the wrong article.

My focus is 100% on the parent or coach that wants to get really good quality video of their soccer games for coaching analysis, video highlights for college recruiting, and / or video that looks really good when you watch the game at home on your large screen TV.

     Issue #1: 4K versus not 4K

In general, avoid all 4K cameras because the current cameras are all recording at 30 frames per second (fps) and you need to record at 60 fps (see issue #2).

     Issue #2: Frame rate

There is a lot of action taking place in an average soccer game so unless you’re fixing your camera in one spot i.e. on the goalie… your camera needs to be able to handle the movement of the players, ball and you panning the camera as the action flies by from one side of the field to the other.

Do not buy any camera that does not record at 60 fps.

     Issue #3: Size

Bigger is better. This is a generalization but almost always true.

A bigger lens will be able to pull in more light and a larger image processor is better at taking that light and processing it into better quality video.

Under sunny skies, none of this matters much but for night games, games played under overcast skies or in the rain and indoor games it matters a lot.

You will definitely notice a quality drop from bright sunlight versus these other “less bright” conditions and this quality drop will be far more significant with a smaller, generally cheaper, camera.

     Issue #4: Storage

Internal flash hard drive or SD cards both work fine.

I personally prefer a camera with SD cards for storage because it means I have no limits and I like the convenience of removing the SD card from the camera and inserting it directly into my computer.

What you store your recording on is insignificant unless you buy cheap SD cards – get only video quality 90 MB/Sec SD cards.

     Issue #5: Price

In general, you do get what you pay for with camera gear.

So you can get a $279 camera that appears to have similar specs of the more expensive cameras but they will never be the same… or even close to the same.

Try to stretch your budget into a “prosumer” (cross between a “professional” and “consumer” level product) model to get many of the high end benefits without the dramatic price jump to a full professional model. You will get years of use from this camera so consider this when buying.

     My Recommendation: Canon – VIXIA HF G40

Buy it at Best Buy and use their credit card to pay for it over 12-months using their 0% financing offers. They usually will not stock this model but can have it for you in 1 or 2 days.

You can buy it from other sources like Amazon… I just prefer buying from a local retailer and Best Buy will cut you a deal on the memory and other accessories if you buy them at the same time.

Here’s a link to the camera – Camera Link

I’ve owned the G30 for several years and the video quality is excellent. The G40 is an updated version of the G30.

I use (2) 64GB SD cards and have never run out of storage but I did buy a high capacity battery because the standard battery can cut things close at times, especially when 2 games are played back to back without enough time to recharge the battery.

How to Create and Use Your Player Account in SocrPro – Training Video 1

SocrPro.com isn’t just made for the soccer coaches, it’s made for the soccer players too! Now you can create your own highlights and video playlist with an online presence that you control. It’s easy, fun and free so join today and let’s see your best soccer plays.

In this video, I demonstrate how to sign up for your Socrpro account and then create your player page and finally create and share your highlight videos.

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5 Different Types of Soccer Videos in SocrPro System

Soccer coaching software needs different types of video formats for different purposes. Soccer coaches love the free soccer coaching capabilities to educate their players, parents need an easy way to share videos and kids love sharing highlight videos on their soccer player’s page. Keeping this in mind, we developed SocrPro in such a way that it can fulfill all kinds of soccer video format, a person from any soccer demographic might require.

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When “C to Z” beats “Left & Right”

Time.

More time is better when you’re on vacation, or getting a massage, sitting in a hot tub, or have a deadline, but not quite as good when you’re trying to break down your game film to help your team win more games.

And breaking down the video needs to be as simple as possible with the least amount of effort and the fewest “clicks”. We know… we do a LOT of video for a lot of games.

Because we wear the same boots you wear, we’re constantly looking for every second we can save by making the software smarter and easier to use.

One of the latest changes we just implemented was moving the Time of Possession hot keys from the “left and right” arrow keys to the “Z” and “C” keys.

This might seem like an odd choice of keys since everyone else likes to use the more intuitive arrow keys but moving the hot keys to the left side of the keyboard allows you to use your left hand to record the time of possession while you use your right hand for simultaneous tagging of the game events.

Like the game itself, this one small change will not make or break your experience with the SocrPro software but bit by bit, click by click, improvement by improvement, we’re making SocrPro into the easiest, most powerful and best loved sports video software in the world today.

SocrPro is the only sports video software built only for soccer and 100% dedicated to the sport of soccer today and the future. We know we could easily create additional features and then use this for other sports but we can’t figure out why we would ever do that?

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