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 can be tiresome, and it can be tough to know what’s right for your team or club.

From the potential limitations of your pitch to your budget, there are plenty of options that will enable you to capture all the action. We’ve 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.

Use a standard tripod for your camera or mobile device to eliminate the cost of a more expensive stand. This setup won’t sacrifice much in terms of quality, but finding that perfect angle to analyze might be a challenge.

Camera

The easiest option is to grab your own iPhone 8, iPhone X or Android device. 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, the iPad (2017 Model) is a low cost option with great camera quality. Pair it with a case from iOgrapher and the Hudl app and you 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 with great 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 inch tripod is an inexpensive and reliable option. 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 inch, which gives you easy movement and increased height at an affordable price.

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

The second setup focuses on achieving that high angle which allows you to better identify tactical coaching points throughout the match. This is for those with a slightly larger budget who are limited by 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 have a grandstand or press box available to film a full view of the action on 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 to 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 at a higher cost. You’ll get a high angle with the least amount of hassle.

Camera

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

Tripod

The best option to achieve that high angle of video is an camera system like the Hi-Pod system. You’ll get everything you need for a quick and easy setup, including an HD camera to film your match. 

We’ve made it even easier for you — contact us to see if your team or club qualifies for a free Hi-Pod.

Add a Few Accessories

As with any camera setup, power can be 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 case can help control and protect the device. Some of the best cases we’ve seen come from iOgrapher, with the ability to keep your device safe and easily connect it to your tripod. You can also grab a lens to cover the wide angle if you find yourself recording close to the touchline.

With all of these devices and setups, you’ll be able to upload video directly from the camera or external SD card to your Hudl account with our web uploader.

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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