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FIFA World Cup 2022: A Peek Inside Fox Sports' Gargantuan Production Plans

21/11/2022

FIFA World Cup 2022: A Peek Inside Fox Sports Gargantuan Production Plans A sprawling activation along the Doha Corniche features four unique sets, 20 LEDs, augmented-reality graphics By Kristian Hern ndez, Senior Editor

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 12:58 pm

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is finally upon us, and Fox Sports has constructed an expansive infrastructure at multiple locations in Doha as well as at its stateside Pico facility in Los Angeles. All 64 matches are being aired live on either Fox or FS1, and the broadcaster will be immersing domestic sports fans in all things soccer for the next four weeks. Here's an in-depth look at the finer details of the production and operations strategy for one of the biggest events on the athletics calendar.

Four unique sets are located on the Doha Corniche.

Matchday Technology at the International Broadcast Centre Located next to the Qatar National Convention Centre, Fox Sports is pulling the production strings at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), which serves as the central point of connectivity for matches occurring at eight stadiums across the Qatari capital. The broadcaster's section of the IBC comprises 40 video feeds from every match and six unilateral paths between venues via EVS Neuron Compress; such technology as an EVS router and replay servers, two Ross Video switchers, 13 Grass Valley Alchemists, two Calrec Audio consoles, and a Riedel intercom; and 92 channels of ingest within a SMPTE 2110, UHD HDR complex.

Inside each stadium, Host Broadcast Services' 42-camera complement includes 12 high-frame-rate cameras, a drone, and a Joseph Tote Caddy system for in-stadium live shots. Also, Sony PXW-FX9's and VENICE 2's are located in two to six dedicated sideline positions for Fox Sports. All ENG teams deploy LiveU bonded-cellular transmission system while working outside the venue.

Studios Around Doha Headlining Fox Sports' extensive coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, undoubtedly, is the outdoor studio constructed along the Corniche waterfront promenade. With downtown Doha's West Bay skyline and the boats floating by as two distinct backdrops, four unique sets measure 148 x 33 ft.

On the studio side, the activation boasts an all-LED demo field, with 20 LED displays (seven Penta Center interior screens, six crowd-facing screens, four west-stage header screens, two interior screens, and one LED floor) to amplify branding and fan-centric messaging. Filmwerks built the physical set with Mod Truss to protect against high winds, and Creative Technologies supplied the video screens.

The 148- by 33-ft. space boasts an all-LED demo field, 20 LED displays, and augmented-reality graphics.

Inside the sprawling footprint, pre-match, halftime, and post-match shows are powered by 18 Grass Valley LDX 150 cameras with Canon 20 5 and 14 4.3 lenses, a Grass Valley switcher, and Grass Valley Alchemist frame-rate converters; an EVS video router and replay servers; Calrec audio consoles, and 24 Sanken COS 11-Ds wireless microphones courtesy of Shure Axient. Graphics and real-time data are dazzling fans, both passers-by and those watching at home. This portion of the show relies on Viz Engine and Viz Trio; Unreal Engine for augmented-reality content; NDI's cloud workflow; and Stype motion tracking.

To ensure a stellar presentation, TAG Video Systems is offering multiviewing, probing, and monitoring solutions. The services include TAG's 100%-IP software platform, with more than 1,200 sources driving more than 150 displays, as well as two separate and redundant systems for 40 tech-core racks and 10 venue racks. The Corniche sets are tied into the IBC through 56 bidirectional video paths and can handle an influx of material through 60 channels of ingest.

Away from the Corniche, Fox Sports has another 16- by 16-ft. live set on a platform at Al Bidda Park for all fan festivities.

A Robust Roster of Talent The on-air team (from left): Top row: Mark Clattenburg, Derek Rae, Dr. Joe Machnik, Rodolfo Landeros, JP Dellacamera, Maurice Edu, Jenny Taft, Chad Johnson, Clint Dempsey, Jacqui Oatley, Ian Darke, and Geoff Shreeves. Bottom row: Kelly Smith, Warren Barton, Kate Abdo, Cobi Jones, Rob Stone, John Strong, Stu Holden, Alexi Lalas, Tom Rinaldi, Landon Donovan, Aly Wagner, and Eni Aluko.

There will be a ton of storylines and gameplay to digest and dissect, and, to handle the waves of narratives expected to unfold over the next 30 days, the broadcaster is deploying an experienced team of on-air talent. The following will play a vital role in documenting this World Cup:

Play-by-Play/Match Analysts

John Strong and Stu Holden

Derek Rae and Aly Wagner

JP Dellacamera and Cobi Jones

Ian Darke and Landon Donovan

Jacqui Oatley and Warren Barton

Studio Analysts

Alexi Lalas

Carli Lloyd

Chad Johnson

Clint Dempsey

Eni Aluko

Kelly Smith

Maurice Edu

Studio Hosts

Rob Stone

Kate Abdo

Reporters

Jenny Taft

Rodolfo Landeros

Geoff Shreeves

Feature Correspondent

Tom Rinaldi

Rules Analysts

Dr. Joe Machnik

Mark Clattenburg

Digital Hosts

DaMarcus Beasley

Jimmy Conrad

Melissa Ortiz

Sacha Kljestan

For more information on who's stationed in Qatar and their respective bios, click HERE.

Fox Sports Digital Covers the Action on Social Media Along with linear coverage, the FOX Sports app, FOXSports.com, and @FOXSoccer social channels are buzzing with activity, offering exclusive highlights, in-depth analysis, instant scores and real-time stats, interactive fan forums, and more.

A discussion-style area is available in the waterfront activation.

For the first time in the history of the tournament on Fox, the network is offering in-match previews and live pre-/post-match shows for every match exclusively for Twitter via @FOXSports and @FOXSoccer. The network's social-med
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