How to Videotape a Soccer Game

By Margaret Kay

Recording a soccer game on video can serve several purposes. The video can be used as a coaching tool to point out areas where the players need to improve and explain certain strategies. Video of a soccer game can also be used by parents who want to capture their son or daughter's proud moments and cherish them for years to come. Video techniques for a soccer game can vary depending on the future purpose of the video and the specific motivations of the videographer.

Ask the referee and coach prior to the game if you can be permitted to video the game from the coach's side of the field. This will help you avoid spectators walking in front of the camera and obscuring the game. Or, if the soccer field has raised stands, you may walk up the stands and capture the game from a higher perspective.

Set up your tripod if you plan to use one. Attach the camera to the tripod prior to the start of the game with enough time to assure that it is sturdy and level. Test the camera by panning it back and forth from goal to goal.This is an important motion if you want to capture the entire game, rather than if you merely wish to capture specific aspects of the game. If you are unable to see the entire field during this panning motion, step back from the sideline or go up higher onto the stands until you can pan across the entire field.

Move to other areas around the soccer field to get some unique perspectives, if desired. Remove the camera from the tripod (if you were using one). For example, video from behind the goal for an artistic shot through the netting. Or, video from one of the corners of the field to catch up-close shots of corner kicks and penalty shots.

Zoom in to create a closer shot of action around each goal. However, be prepared to quickly zoom out if the defending team makes a quick break to the other end of the pitch. Use the zoom to capture up-close shots of your own child and unique moments such as half-time huddles.

Avoid any shaking or jiggling of the camera by keeping a steady grip on the tripod's pan handle. If the camera is secure, the video images should not appear to jiggle in an up and down motion. Many modern cameras are designed with built-in stabilizing technology that automatically corrects shakiness. Thus, using a tripod is not absolutely necessary, but will further ensure steady footage. The tripod's pan-handle allows you to steadily video and pan at a wide angle, but does restrict you from other more unique angles. Use a combination of both wide-angle panning and close-ups to create more interesting footage.

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