FIFA TV Producer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years.

I was contacted by HBS (Host Broadcast Services) to work as the FIFA TV Team Crew Producer (FTTC Producer) of Iran national football team. There were 32 FIFA TV Team Crew to cover every single detail of the 32 national football teams competing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Each crew was had three members: A producer, a cameraman and an assistant/driver who was a native guy.

After a couple of days of workshops and trainings we started our job with covering the arrival of Team Iran who’s based camp was in Moscow, Russia.

After settling down at the base camp, we had shooting almost twice a day, covering the training sessions and flash interviews. We also had exclusive access to the team making exclusive sit down interviews with the head coach and the players.

Every day we were supposed to make a story out of the latest update of the team (injuries, player’s conditions, coach and technical staff thoughts, etc.). I was also responsible for editing the rushes and send it immediately to the HBS center where other staff was responsible for airing the show.

Prior to each match we were supposed to make a feature story about them team and their rival.

On the Match Days I was supposed to make numerous interviews with the coach and the players prior and after the match. Each FIFA TV Team Crew was responsible doing the same procedure until their football team were out of the tournament. 

Iran were eliminated from the tournament with four points. A 1-0 win against Morocco, 0-1 loss against Spain and a 1-1 draw in the final group stage match against Portugal.

It was my second World Cup after the 2014 in Brazil where Iran almost did the same and went out of the tournament at the end of the group stage.