Fox Sports mixes augmented reality with legendary views for Women’s World Cup

Borrowing a restaurant at the famed Trocadéro in Paris, Fox Sports coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup mixes augmented reality with local flavor.

This marks the third World Cup for Fox Sports, which covered the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Vancouver and the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Moscow.

As with these previous efforts, Fox has erected a studio on-location that is the primary base of operations while the network’s Los Angeles facility continues to do much of the heavy technical lifting. All in, Fox has over 600 personnel in France for its coverage effort.

Fox's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup home at the Trocadéro in Paris, France

Fox’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup home at the Trocadéro

Drive Studio, one of Fox’s regular design partners, has again provided the motion graphic design for the World Cup coverage, along with helping create the studio design.

Inside the Studio

The primary broadcast space, taken from the terrace of the Café de l’Homme, includes the main desk for hosts and analysts with a sweeping view of the Eiffel Tower and the lively Trocadéro.

Set Design

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An 84” 4K touchscreen backed by a lattice of fleur-de-lis etched glass provides an interactive area to review key plays or social media through an integration with Tagboard.

Fox Sports at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris, France

Fox Sports at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris, France

Fox notes the studio has four robotic cameras along with two wireless roaming cameras and a 50’ Technocrane SuperTechno50 with Stype Kit for augmented reality shots.

Fox also has a mobile production unit from NEP assisting with its production in France.

Outside the formal studio, Fox has used the plaza of the Trocadéro for live shots and demonstrations, putting down a green “pitch” for hosts to stand on.

Fox Sports at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris, France

Planning for this World Cup began over three years ago at Fox, with multiple engineering reviews to ensure the delicate structure of the location could support a temporary studio. With this in mind, Fox has kept its footprint as minimal as possible while also utilizing the inside of the restaurant for its behind-the-scenes production spaces.