Meraki FC and Hudl Partner to Drive Player Development

The New Jersey soc­cer club has added Hudl as an addi­tion­al resource to help their play­ers reach their full potential.

Meraki FC and Hudl Partner to Drive Player Development

The New Jersey soc­cer club has added Hudl as an addi­tion­al resource to help their play­ers reach their full potential.

Meraki FC, a youth soc­cer club based in Morristown, New Jersey, is part­ner­ing with Hudl this sea­son to give their coach­es deep­er insight into how their play­ers per­form.

Anthony Flores found­ed Meraki FC after coach­ing for 10 years at the acad­e­my, col­le­giate and pro­fes­sion­al lev­el. But he found build­ing the char­ac­ter of the play­er, not just the tal­ent, was the biggest piece miss­ing in play­er devel­op­ment in the United States. This inspired him to cre­ate Meraki FC.

The first time I con­nect­ed with Anthony Flores, founder and direc­tor of coach­ing at Meraki FC, it was very appar­ent that he wants the absolute best for his play­ers and coach­ing staff,” Brandon Videtich, club soc­cer rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Hudl, said. Development is front of mind for Anthony and I couldn’t be more excit­ed to be work­ing with Meraki FC. He has cre­at­ed a great learn­ing envi­ron­ment at the club with a sol­id play­er devel­op­ment process already in place. Hudl’s tools, paired with Anthony’s exten­sive soc­cer and edu­ca­tion­al back­ground will ensure Meraki FC is at the top for many years to come.”

With Hudl, Meraki FC can review video from past match­es to zero in on what went right and what went wrong. Coaches can make playlists with com­ments and draw­ings to point out cer­tain areas that need atten­tion, such as set pieces and break­aways, to help play­ers improve. During or after the game, coach­es can add team and play­er stats to ana­lyze, lead­ing to valu­able insights. Hudl users can watch video any­time, from anywhere.

In terms of Hudl, I’ve been around the world. I can tell you from some of the best coach­es around the world that game analy­sis, break­ing down film is one of the most use­ful, edu­ca­tion­al tools that tend to be the most effec­tive way that all play­ers from all ages can learn from,” Flores said. Having the acces­si­bil­i­ty with­out hurt­ing your pock­et was some­thing that clubs, includ­ing myself, are very excit­ed about. Having the acces­si­bil­i­ty to have an eco­nom­i­cal pur­chase that has the same bite and the same sting, that’s very use­ful for our club in particular. 

A kid came up to me the oth­er day and said, coach you’re devot­ed.’ And I said Why do you say that?’ He’s like, I’ve nev­er had a coach show me film on me.’ Now grant­ed this kid isn’t an acad­e­my play­er, but to give that kid five sec­onds of break­ing down, giv­ing a lit­tle ani­ma­tion on the film of him and send­ing it off to his par­ents — it’s just def­i­nite­ly gonna moti­vate him more to con­tin­ue to play and improve.”

See how Hudl helps soc­cer teams at every level.