Camera Recommendations for Soccer Coaches

Find the perfect camera setup to fit your needs.

Camera Recommendations for Soccer Coaches

Find the perfect camera setup to fit your needs.

Searching through camera options online is a pin, and it can be tough to know what’s right for your team or club.

Even with the potential limitations of your pitch or budget, there are plenty of options that will ensure you capture all the action. We took a look at what’s available and narrowed it down to three setups, each ranging in functionality and budget to help you find the best fit.

The Key to Quality Video

No matter your field’s setup, the best video is filmed from a high angle that allows you to see and analyze all the action. If you have a grandstand or press box, position your camera there so you easily see the shape of play throughout the match. If you don’t, we’ve outlined some additional options to help you get that coveted, high-angle video.

A standard tripod for your camera or mobile device will eliminate the cost of a more expensive stand. This setup won’t sacrifice much in terms of quality, but it does mean finding the perfect angle could be a challenge.

Camera

The easiest option is to grab your own iPhone or Android device and record with the Hudl app. Just purchase an attachment to mount it to a tripod and you’ll be ready to shoot. 

If you want to take it up a step, iPads record great video and won’t break the bank. Pair it with a case from iOgrapher and you’ll have a quick and portable solution. If you prefer a hard drive camera, look into something like the Sony HDRCX-440. This camera provides quality film and has excellent reviews to back it up.

Tripod

A solid tripod can make or break the quality of your video. Make sure your tripod can move easily from side-to-side and won’t stick as you pan.

The AmazonBasics 60 in. tripod is inexpensive and reliable. It won’t get you the height you need from ground level, but can provide a steady recording from your grandstand. Another option is the Ravelli APLT6 72 in., which gives you easy movement and increased height at an affordable price.

Remember, a higher price doesn’t always mean a better tripod. Read the reviews and look for a tripod that moves well and expands to the height that will get you the best angle.

The second setup focuses on achieving a higher angle, which will allow you to better identify tactical coaching points throughout the match. This is for those with a slightly larger budget who are limited by the size of their pitch.

Camera

Find a camera in the mid-range price point to meet your team’s quality needs. One of the best cameras at an affordable price is the JVC Everio GZ‑R320. It has a clear, defined shot and is both water and shockproof, making it a good option in a variety of conditions.

Tripod

In an ideal world, you’d have a grandstand or press box available to capture a full view of the pitch. If that isn’t an option and cost is a concern, look into buying a perch or stand to capture high angle video. We’ve seen coaches get creative with stands like the Millennium Tripod Stand. It’ll help you reach a height of 10 ft. and provide a solid base for intense weather or uneven ground at local pitches.

The most hands-off approach comes with a higher price tag. But you’ll get an awesome angle with the least amount of hassle.

Camera

Check out the Canon VIXIA HF G40 or JVC GY-HM170UA for professional-grade footage of your match. But remember the higher the quality, the larger the video files. So check your settings to make sure you record the format you want, and that your Wi-Fi connection can handle the upload of those large files.

Tripod

The best option to achieve the perfect angle is an camera system like the Hi-Pod. It comes with everything you need for a quick and easy setup, including an HD camera to film your match. 

And we’ve made it easier to get your hands on one — new sign-ups may qualify for a free elevated camera system.

Add a Few Accessories

As with any camera setup, power is the difference between recording a full match and missing the last few minutes. If you don’t have access to power, a portable source like the ChargeTech Portable Battery can be a lifesaver.

If you decide to record your match with an iPad, a lens can help cover the wide angle if you’re recording close to the touchline.

No matter what devices you choose, you’ll be able to upload video directly to your Hudl account with these steps.

We hope this serves as a solid starting point in choosing the right setup for your team. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team.

Check out this video to learn what to do after you have your hardware.

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