Published on Thursday, 28 November 2013


FIFA U17 World Cup Kicks Off with  ATEM 4K Switchers

The 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup, the world championship of association football for players under age 17 was held in the United Arab Emirates 17 October to 8 November 2013. Organizers approached a local audio visual and lighting systems company Pulse Middle East, to design and install an unusual new coordinated live production workflow in the six host nation stadiums. The team was also hired to provide technical and operational support throughout the events.

The Emirate stadiums hosting games during the U17 World Cup were the Al Ahli Stadium in Dubai, Mohamad Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Al Jazira Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah, Emirates Stadium at Ras Al Khaima and the Fujeirah Stadium at Fujeirah.

Coverage of the World Cup’s 52 matches was recorded on up to 12 HD cameras at each venue. HD-SDI signals were fed into an OB truck where the material was composited on a vision mixer and the clean program feed was used to meet each of the host venues’ in-stadium matchday video requirements.


Four separate down converted HD-SDI program outputs were taken from the OB van and fed into an ATEM Production Studio 4K installed at the stadium and composited using the ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel.

“Output one was a mixed program feed of the on pitch action. Meanwhile the second output covered the stadium, capturing the supporters’ reactions as the games unfolded. The stadium’s own production team then produced its in-house mixed program output, which was played out on the stadium’s giant LED screens at 16:9,” explained Rami Haber of Pulse Middle East.


The production team took a further two program outputs from the broadcaster, which were used for the television screens throughout the stadiums’ concourse, hospitality suites and press commentary positions. Nigeria won the championship after a final match with Mexico.

Rami also said, “Although Ultra HD 4K wasn’t a requirement for this World Cup, all of the stadiums involved expressed an interest in retaining equipment once the tournament had drawn to a conclusion. Consequently it was important for the live production workflow to support SD, HD and ultimately 4K formats.”