Recreational Evidence: Football


The filming and distribution of professional football is a huge part of the modern professional game, the appetite from fans such that television rights to the premier league are valued at over £10 billion in 2016. Pundits – generally aiming for an objective analysis – look to the video replay as a means to celebrate goals or examine disputed tackles or fouls during the game. Their analysis aided through the deployment of filmic techniques such as slow motion, the freeze frame, rewind and fast-forward along with multiple camera angles.


The amateur game, however, of course lacks this in depth analysis. Instead analysis happens on the way home, in the pub or even via a group text message. Offsides and fouls are be analised far less objectively, with even winning goals being left disputed.


As recording devices get cheaper and recording ourselves gets easier, even expected, the recording of amateur football matches is a growing. More and more GoPro’s are being left in goalmouths or attached to players. How might this ‘play out’? Maybe it would answer some of the questions a post game pub analysis can’t answer. Was that foul on the edge of the area really a foul, or did he dive? Was the goal really that good?


This research project explores how for self filmed football might work. How might multiple cameras expose the game? Would teams work together to get the goal? And where would this footage end up?



Research Project running alongside The Production of Evidence.

Completed during MA Design Products RCA

Sky Sports Tactics Table 'live editing' 

Shot from ankle mounted camera

Simultaneous shots from ankle and chest mounted cameras