Recording Tips for Soccer

These tips will help you record matches the right way.

You can do a lot of things with Hudl, but in order to take full advantage of the features, you need one vital piece – good video. There’s nothing worse than discovering match video is choppy or key moments are missing. These tips will help you record matches the right way.

Find Someone to Record the Game

It’s important to get the game recorded well, but that doesn’t mean it’s a job reserved for a tech expert. Managers, injured players or volunteer coaches are perfect candidates to take the reins on recording games. Another great recording resource is a parent. Parents are always looking for ways to help out, and allowing them to record matches is a great way to get them involved.

If a person is comfortable with the basic recording controls, they’ll be able to record the the video you need. That being said, it’s important to remember consistency is key. You want to have the same person, or same group of people, recording the action. That way, the stoppage is consistent, the recorder gets a good feel for when to move the camera, and the quality is better overall. The better the video quality, the better the analysis.

Find the Best Vantage Point

If you want the best view of the field, get the highest angle possible. This allows you to view shape and see how phases of play develop. If a high angle isn’t possible, do your best to set up where others won’t walk in front of the camera.

Regardless of your elevation, record on the sideline and as close to the middle of the field as possible.

Get the Right Equipment

There’s a good chance you already have the equipment you need. Hudl supports recording from an iPad or a hard drive camera, so there’s no need to go out and buy expensive devices.

If you’re recording with an iPad, you have the option to upload footage to Hudl straight from the device. You just have to connect to Wi-Fi and tap a few buttons to get everything online. If you’re recording with a hard drive camera, our new web uploader can get the job done.

Use a Tripod

You can get by without using a tripod, but it’s definitely a tool we recommend. Investing in a tripod will ensure you have a stable, smooth stream when reviewing video. Plus, it saves the recorder from a sore arm. No one wants to watch an entire match of shaky video.

Pause at Halftime

A good rule of thumb is to only pause the recording during long breaks in the action. In soccer, the only predictable long break is halftime. Being thoughtful with your pauses helps avoid uploading a lot of dead time, which means less video to scrub through later on.

We still recommend recording during small breaks, like the ball going out of play or when lining up for a set piece. It’s better to keep things rolling so you know you won’t miss the start of a possession, substitutions, or other quick moments.

Don’t Go Zoom-Crazy

Try to set up your device far enough away so you can get the shape of both teams without zooming in or out. It’s fine to move the camera with the general direction of play, but you don’t want to drive viewers crazy by zooming in and out too frequently.

Don’t Ball Watch

Coaches are interested in analyzing more than just the player with the ball, they want to see the big picture. By not going zoom-crazy, attackers will be able to analyze how the create space and their decision making on the ball. Defenders will be able to see when to push up, drop off, and tuck in.

If you’re looking for additional information, read our camera recommendations or check out these tutorials. Our support team is more than happy to help with any questions, so don’t hesitate to send us an email.