A Scottish organisation is playing a major role in ensuring football coaches throughout the world can take advantage of UEFA’s revolutionary coaching communication software, TactX, which helps coaches improve their communication and development.

 

TactX is available through UEFA.com and has been specifically developed to assist coaches to improve their communication skills. Aberdeen based company Sports Technology Services (STS) is working with Football Associations across the globe on behalf of UEFA to help coaches access the resources available to them via UEFA Training Ground.

And, as STS Managing Director Lesley Little outlines, one of the major benefits of TactX is its ability to break down communication barriers, including language, age and misinterpretation, allowing players to very quickly understand what is expected of them. If animation is not used, it’s all too easy for a club’s playing philosophy to be interpreted slightly differently by individual coaching personnel which can quickly result in some confusion for players.

“We work closely with National Associations as part of UEFA’s commitment to support the football family and help coaches at all levels. We’ve worked closely with the Football Association (FA) and their Future Game Philosophy, which has been created in TactX and discussions with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) are at a stage where we will be ready to go live later this year.

“A number of other National Associations including the Spanish Federation, German FA, FA of Norway and the Russian Football Union utilise TactX in other forms for coach education, drill creation and as a communication tool. At a club level, in addition to local and grassroots clubs around the world, Manchester United, Watford, Red Bull New York and Red Bull Salzburg are among the professional clubs already using the software.”

Darren Sandbach, the FA’s Digital Learning Project Manager, adds. “TactX has enabled the FA to expand The Future Game philosophy beyond books and print resources, creating and promoting visual aids that are relevant to English coaches and which clearly show player movements in a relatable and relevant format. Over 16,000 Licensed Coaches have benefitted from resources we’ve created with TactX so far.”

The SFA’s Performance Director Mark Wotte is looking forward to utilising the latest technology. “One of the major benefits of TactX is that, being an animated package, it allows a consistency in delivery that is simply not achievable through alternative coaching methods with absolutely no scope for misinterpretation.”

TactX, is described by former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier as ‘the future of coaching’, while Watford manager Gianfranco Zola is also a fan, making it mandatory for his coaching staff. It was launched on UEFA.com in June 2010 and updated in August 2012. As part of the updates UEFA added several new features as well as increasing financial support with a monthly Animator licence available to coaches for as little as 5 Euros.

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