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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Soccer Camera for Parents

From a powerful AI soccer camera to recording games with your phone, here's the ultimate guide to find the best camera in the market.

by Griffin Lloyd

Former college athlete and video editor. Current content creator, sports enthusiast and dog dad.

When it comes to the best camera to record soccer games, there are a lot of options to choose from. You want a soccer camera that can capture all the action on the field and provide clear, high-quality highlights. With so many factors to consider, it can be tough to decide which camera is right for you – this guide is here to help.

Do I need to be recording soccer games?

The short answer is yes. No matter the age or skill level of an athlete, soccer cameras help capture important game day highlights and memories that enable coaches to provide their players with personalized coaching and attention, parents to help their player develop and even help them navigate the soccer recruiting process, and clubs to offer their members cutting-edge technology and resources. Recording games is critical. The good news is, the technology for recording soccer games is more accessible than ever before.

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1. Record Soccer Games with a Soccer Camera

Soccer-specific cameras have become very popular in recent years, and there are a few good options in the market at around the similar price points. If you’re looking to find a solution that takes the hassle out of recording and editing, you’re in luck. Trace is the only AI camera that automatically records and edits each player’s highlights from all the best angles, delivering them in the form of a playlist shortly after every game. The best footage is a combination of high-quality and engaging content – after all, what good is game film if nobody’s there to watch it afterwards?

Trace also includes an important feature called Trace iD. This personal profile is available for every team member and allows for quick review, organizing, and sharing of each player’s best plays with coaches, friends, or family. Simply put, Trace is the most advanced and effortless AI soccer camera on the market.

2. Record Soccer Games with an iPhone

Recording with an iPhone is the next best option. With the convenience and versatility of pulling out your phone to record soccer games, it’s easy to see why many coaches and parents resort to this solution.

However, using your phone to film is not as simple as simply recording and following along. Here are six things to be mindful of when recording games on your phone:

  • Record the game from a high vantage point
  • Bring a tripod for your phone
  • Capture close up shots from the sidelines
  • Set aside time to editing the footage
  • Make sure your phone has enough storage space
  • Charge your phone before the game

While this solution is great in a pinch, there’s a better way to capture moments on your phone with MultiCam – a unique feature by Trace that allows spectators to set up their phone anywhere along the sidelines to capture ESPN-level highlights. While the Trace camera sits at a fixed position near the halfway line, your phone can catch all of the other angles you want and sync the footage into for a cohesive video.

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3. Record Soccer Games with a GoPro

Next up is the popular, but generic sports action camera from GoPro. GoPro is a versatile, mobile camera that is commonly used for action sports such as mountain biking, skiing, surfing, but it can be used to record most anything. While these cameras are not specifically designed for recording soccer games, they are more than capable and durable. The GoPro 10 Black to the GoPro 11 Black may be the best bet if you’re looking for a more holistic, lifestyle camera.

Don’t forget, recording the game is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s important to remember that with these cameras, you will be spending time uploading and editing the footage yourself in order to create highlights and engaging content. Here are some soccer video editing tips to ensure your game film doesn’t go unused.

4. Record Soccer Games with a Camera

If you’re looking to simply record and editing is not a priority, using a camcorder is the best option for you. With a manual, handheld video camera, you can have a professional-like setup. Here are the top three cameras on the market:

  1. Sony HandyCam: A standard camera that will get the job done.
  2. Panasonic Camcorder: A mid-level option that includes features such as enhanced zoom and remote shooting.
  3. Sony Alpha 6000: The premier option for a compact and lightweight camera with multi-functional features and fast autofocus.

Solutions at a glance

Trace’s AI Soccer Camera: Best soccer-specific camera that does all the work for you and provides automatic highlights after each game.

Iphone: Most convenient camera. Pull it right out of your pocket and start recording from all your favorite angles!

GoPro: Versatile sports action camera that is durable and portable.

Standard Camera: The traditional way of recording games – just like a true videographer.

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