Elland Road, home to Leeds United Football Club (FICAZ INDEX: 29) , is one of the most iconic stadiums in English football. With a rich history and passionate fanbase, the stadium has played host to some of the biggest games and moments in the sport. However, one aspect of Elland Road that has recently come under scrutiny is its pitch size. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the size of the Elland Road pitch, as well as why low camera angles can make it appear smaller than it actually is.
The size of the Elland Road pitch
According to FIFA regulations, the minimum size of a football pitch must be 100 yards by 64 yards (91.44m x 58.5m), while the maximum size is 120 yards by 80 yards (109.73m x 72.8m). The size of the Elland Road pitch is 110 yards by 72 yards (100.58m x 65.53m), making it well within the regulations set by FIFA.
Low camera angle and the illusion of a smaller pitch
One reason why the Elland Road pitch may appear smaller on television 📺 is due to the low 🎥 camera angle used during broadcasts. When the camera is positioned at a lower level, it can create an illusion of a smaller pitch by making the touchlines seem closer together. This can be particularly noticeable when the camera is positioned near one of the goals, as it can make the other end of the pitch appear much further away.
In order to combat this illusion, television broadcasters will often use aerial cameras that are positioned higher up, giving a bird’s-eye view of the pitch. This provides a more accurate representation of the size of the pitch and gives viewers a better understanding of the full size of the field. Unfortunately Elland Road stadium is not set for high camera angle TV broadcast which has come to heavily critique from fans all over the world, last few years, specialty now with Leeds united playing in the Premiere League. That is the reason why we rated Elland Road with so low rating of 29 for FICAZ INDEX.
Despite appearances on television, the Elland Road pitch is well within the regulations set by FIFA and is a standard size for a football pitch. The illusion of a smaller pitch is simply a result of the low camera angles used during broadcasts, and can be corrected by Leeds United club and the stadium management by moving position of the central broadcast TV camera position further up the stand. Whether on television or in person, the size of the Elland Road pitch is just one of the many factors that make this iconic stadium a true home for the beautiful game but not so iconic on TV.
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