"Stop & Go" Small Sided Game Video Training
A 2008 Research Study of elite soccer players in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that watching video clips of high level games for 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week for 4 weeks helped players:
This 2008 Research Study also "Found player":
Note 1 - Published findings were displayed in graphs without supporting tables. Percents are based on measuring the published graphs and should be accurate within + 1 to 3%.
Note 2 - In our study of less experienced players:
German U14's .6 Seconds Faster After Video Training
A video based training study in Germany compared an untrained control group, a field trained group and a video trained group of U14 players. Study found video trained U14 players made decisions .6 seconds (6/10ths) of a second faster than both the control group and the field trained group. Video training is done away from the field and requires no valuable practice time.
Bibliography: University of Münster, Germany, Power Point PDF, "The Influence of Video-based Perceptual Training on Tactical Decision Making in Soccer"
Quicker Decisions and Faster Play
In a study of high level field hockey players in Europe, players in the study were randomly divided into a control group which did not receive perceptual training and a study group which received perceptual training. In a post study evaluation of all players in the study the players who received video based perceptual training reduced their decision making time by 100 ms over the control group of players in the study.
Bibliography: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 2003: Mar: 74(1): 98-103
High Level Small Sided Game Videos
A coach from Amsterdam observed 4 v 4 small sided soccer games (5 v 5 with goalkeepers) is the minimum number of players necessary for learning the 3 and 4 player combinations most frequently found in 11 v 11 soccer games. His logic was simple. With 4 field players you can create the width and depth found in the 11 v 11 game.
Players who watch small sided high level game videos using the "Stop and Go" technique quickly learn to read patterns in play, body language and to anticipate what will happen next in full sided soccer games. This training is especially important for players who live in areas where they can't attend live high level soccer games or watch them everyday on television.
According to a 2013 research study "the small pitch imposes a greater technical demand on players with more passes, shots and tackles".
Bibliography: Human Movement Science: 2014 Feb: 33: 25-32
Does Gender in Demos, Videos & Pictures Affect Focus
This research study showed that the focus of dancers is directly related to there need to learn and do the dance moves they were asked to watch.
This study suggest that there are some gender specific movements and skills that might be best demonstrated by individuals of the same gender as the player or student being taught. A search of 7,000 research studies found no additional studies. Please advise if you find any.
Bibliography: Current Biology: 2006, Oct 10: 16(19): 1905-10
"Stop & Go" SSG Videos