Our First Blog Post

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Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:26

Like many people, when I find a few minutes out of the craziness of managing the school and extracurricular obligations of our family of four (+three dogs), I look back on what it took to get to where I am and find a curious connection of experiences that must have brought me to the birth of Futbol Drones.

Was it the many weekends of packing up the car with folding chairs, uniforms, water bottles and snacks, trekking out to the soccer field, finding community with fellow parents? Was it the seasons I coached my eldest daughter’s team and several of the local boys’ recreational teams?  Was it those tournaments in the middle of California or east of the Bay Area, where for two days we would assemble and cheer our kids on, hoping for a win for our team but equally providing the support when they suffered a loss after a hard-fought match.   

I suppose it’s all of those experiences that inspired me to found Futbol Drones.  As a parent and as a coach (and even earlier, as a player), there was another level of experience I felt could be brought to the sports community. What if one could replay the match, or parts of it and really analyze their play – a luxury that to-date has really only been broadly used at the upper levels of sport?  What if we could capture ESPN-style highlights and full matches in high definition film and bring that directly to the players, coaches and referees? Would that enhance the experience of all of those who interface with the sport?  I bet that it would – and with that Futbol Drones was born.  

It all started with one of the first DJI drones to come out onto the market for broad commercial use to now, with a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), multiple courses in film and analysis, and of course my fair share of trial and error.  

Over the last year, in working throughout our community and with teams and players of all ages and skill, it has been my privilege to bring our service to the sport. It’s rewarding to hear the feedback from coaches and organizers and to continue to innovate, from now expanding our services to capture both ground footage and aerial footage of tournaments, to creating highlight reels that players can delight in, and to now, looking to a future that brings analytics to our service offering. 

At Futbol Drones we say “The Beautiful Game, Beautifully Captured”, and it’s certainly a thrill from behind the lens to bring it to you.  

Please see below for some of our most recent highlights and contact us at goal@futboldrones.com for more information.  

Rob is incredibly precise and professional in his work. I have been extremely happy with the work he has done for the soccer teams I coach. The drone footage is an absolutely invaluable learning tool for player and team development. This technology has provided the players with the oppprtunitity to learn from their mistakes and clearly recognize areas for the continued development. As a coach, I am so happy to be able to have access to a tool that helps me to reach the players on another level and develop player/coach buy in. The footage has helped me to provide real feedback to the players about the areas for growth, form better relationships with the players and allows me the opportunity to guide them to set realistic goals for their development. Rob was very responsive to my needs and clearly has a desire to offer the best product for his clients. He also insisted on meeting with me to ensure that I was happy with the product and walked me through some ideas for possible improvements. I look forward to working with Futbol Drones in the near future and see the technology as a potentially huge breakthrough for soccer in the U.S. 

Niall Irwin 
Technical Director Tottenham Hotspurs East Bay
Head Coach 2005 Boys 

We’ve heard nothing but great feedback from your drone/film work. We very much recommend your service and look forward to carrying on with your services in our next festival slated for the end of August.

Ryan Suarez 
Sacramento Republic FC
U15 Head Coach - Development Academy

Ryan Suarez and I (as committee co-chairs of the Bay Area and Valley DA U12B Conference Festival events)  enjoyed working with you and your Futbol Drones in our inaugural event in Jan 2018. Your approach to filming the games and then following up with highlights was both professional and timely. It received high praise from coaches and clubs.

Glenn Van Straatum
Academy Director / Club Technical Director 
EBU Bay Oaks
Premier Club for Player and Coach Development

We've been extremely impressed with the work of Robert Duran and Futbol Drones.  We found Robert very easy to work with and his passion for the game really shines through.  The quality of the video exceeded our expectations and the highlight video he created of our soccer program has already helped our program tremendously in gaining more support.  He was reliable and highly responsive over the course of the project and really went above and beyond.  He took the extra time to understand not just what we wanted but who we are and how the video would best reflect that identity and mission.  This is a great service and I certainly recommend it to anyone else out there looking for special footage of their events or programs.

Nick Lusson
Soccer Director, Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League / Sheriffs Fútbol Club
Club Services Coordinator, NorCal Premier Soccer
U14 Coach, San Francisco Elite Academy