Seeing Success: A View from the Top with Rangers FC


With more league titles than any oth­er club in the world, Rangers FC are no strangers to hav­ing a view from the top. Learn how they use IP cam­era tech­nol­o­gy to auto­mat­i­cal­ly cap­ture video and quick­ly analyse it.

With high qual­i­ty footage a pre­req­ui­site for coach­es, man­agers and play­ers, Rangers FC have turned to Hudl’s cap­ture solu­tions to get a view of the game they’ve nev­er had before.

Hudl’s IP cam­eras can send and receive data direct­ly over the inter­net. With this set­up, the Rangers analy­sis team has live footage of the match fed direct­ly to the ana­lyst sit­ting in the stand — mean­ing high qual­i­ty match footage can be analysed in real time.

In their 50,000 capac­i­ty Ibrox Stadium, Rangers have a mas­ter cam­era pro­vid­ing a wide tac­ti­cal view of the whole pitch, plus two cam­eras behind the goal to cap­ture more spe­cif­ic actions such as team posi­tion­ing, set plays and goal­keep­er analysis. 

Rangers first team ana­lyst Bradley Wall explains how the enhanced view allows much more impact­ful analy­sis on match day.

From what I can see from my van­tage point with­in the stand, maybe the man­ag­er can’t see down there (on the touch­line),” said Wall. I will want to feed­back infor­ma­tion to coach­es in game or at half time and it’s key for me to be able to go in there and show them basi­cal­ly what I’m see­ing in the tac­ti­cal view.”

Tactically it’s real­ly good, we can use this view to work out how we can beat this block, where the spaces are on the pitch and where play­ers are mov­ing, mak­ing runs and where they are not mak­ing runs.”

The tra­di­tion­al approach for ana­lysts cap­tur­ing match footage is to have a man oper­at­ing a cam­era from the stands. In some sta­di­ums the view can be obscured, but Hudl cam­eras ensures the best pos­si­ble angle is avail­able for Wall and his team.

Your cam­era­man with the wide view on the gantry, he might be restrict­ed to where he can stand, so in terms of the Hudl cam­era, its posi­tioned in such a place that you are always going to get the widest tac­ti­cal view you can,” said Wall.

It also frees up anoth­er pair of hands to do a more detailed code with­in a game, which adds anoth­er lay­er to our analysis.”

Teams will often go to Rangers and set up with defen­sive tac­tics, plac­ing sev­er­al men behind the ball in a low block for­ma­tion. Cameras placed behind the goal sup­ple­ment the wider tac­ti­cal view and play a key part in pro­vid­ing tac­ti­cal feed­back on how to break down defen­sive opposition.

Tactically it’s real­ly good, we can use this view to work out how we can beat this block, where the spaces are on the pitch and where play­ers are mov­ing, mak­ing runs and where they are not mak­ing runs,” said Wall.

This would only be picked up by this view behind the goal and we would maybe not get this key piece of detail from the side view.”

Smart cam­eras are part of an effec­tive end-to-end analy­sis solu­tion the Rangers have. Their cam­eras auto­mat­i­cal­ly cap­ture game footage, which direct­ly feeds into Sportscode and uploads into Hudl. This ecosys­tem is a real time saver for Wall, espe­cial­ly dur­ing con­gest­ed fix­ture blocks.

It’s very impor­tant that every­thing con­nects, because foot­ball games come thick and fast and you want to be able to move onto the next thing, but also have focus from the game you just played,” said Wall.

Having a lot of this done for you seam­less­ly enables us to debrief a lot quick­er. You can sync your code straight away and you don’t have to wor­ry about upload­ing after the game as you know it’s going to be there to share and push out to the play­ers and coach­es who can then review straight away.”

With this tac­ti­cal view, every­thing is clean and you can see all of the pitch, get­ting those bits of extra detail that you might not have got before from tra­di­tion­al footage.”

As Wall explains, exist­ing video angles don’t give ana­lysts and coach­es the view they need.

With broad­cast footage a lot of it is panned in on close-ups and replays so you miss cer­tain bits in the game,” said Wall. With this tac­ti­cal view, every­thing is clean and you can see all of the pitch, get­ting those bits of extra detail that you might not have got before from tra­di­tion­al footage.”

Aside from chal­leng­ing for a record 55th Scottish Premiership crown, the next steps in the Rangers lega­cy involve expand­ing their IP cam­era set­up to their train­ing facil­i­ty. They’ll be able to live cap­ture train­ing footage and stream­line their analy­sis process in the same man­ner as they have for match day operations.

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