Media Guidelines

Below are general media guidelines and procedures for Orlando City SC in MLS and Orlando Pride in the NWSL. Should you have any questions about this guide, please contact the Orlando City SC Communications team at pr@orlandocitysc.com.

CREDENTIAL PROCESS:

  • Media members may apply for single-game credentials here
  • Credential applications must be submitted no later than 48 hours from match kickoff and are only for media outlets that need game day Press Box and/or Field access to produce editorial coverage, not to watch the match. This includes newspapers, TV, radio and legitimate digital websites that produce consistent and professional content adhering to accepted journalistic principles.
  • Credentials and seating space in the Press Box are limited and priority will be given to those working on a deadline.
  • Applications from freelance writers, photographers or videographers must come from a direct supervisor validating professional and editorial need for media access. All applications using a personal email address, such as Gmail or Hotmail, must provide validation from their outlet.
  • The credential application will open 4-6 weeks before each match date. For travel or scheduling purposes, if you require approval to future dates that are not listed, please contact Rafa Cabrera for Orlando City games and Jackie Maynard for Orlando Pride games.
  • Media is expected to dress professionally, meaning no jerseys or team representation of any kind. Media members may not use credential for preferential access, such as autographs, photographs or personal requests. Violation will result in loss of credential for any future match.

MATCH DAY GUIDELINES:

Parking passes

  • Members of the media that have requested single-game credentials (and have received confirmation/approval) will receive a parking pass. Lots may vary on a game-by-game basis based on availability.
  • The best place to collect parking passes is at training or at the stadium in the days leading up to a match. If traveling from outside of the market, please contact a member of the Communications team no less than 48 hours before kickoff to coordinate parking accommodations.
  • Complimentary parking passes are limited and will be distributed on a game-by-game basis. Season-credentialed media must RSVP no less than 48 hours before kickoff to receive a parking pass.
  • No parking passes will be issued within 24 hours of kickoff.
  • Parking spots closer to the stadium for TV live trucks are very limited and are available in a first come, first serve basis, so please contact a member of the Communications team in advance for accommodations.

Entering the Orlando City Stadium/Media Will Call

  • After parking, please proceed to the Media Room entrance, which is located next to the Gate D entrance at Orlando City Stadium.
  • All photographers, local TV camera crews, print and digital media members with press box or photo work room access must check-in for each match through the Media Room entrance. Photo ID is required for admission. Media check-in opening time will be listed in the Gameday Information email distributed on Matchday -1.
  • Single-game and full-season credentials MUST be worn and visible at all times. Please report lost credentials immediately to the Communications team.
  • Photographers and videographers will receive field bibs at media check-in. Bibs must be returned to the Media Room before leaving the stadium.
    Field assignment for photographers and videographers will be listed in the media room. Press box seating assignment for reporters will be listed in the press box.

On-Field Guidelines

  • Only properly credentialed members of the media may access the field area. Media will access the field through the competition tunnel in the southwest corner of the stadium.
  • Media members will not be allowed to access the tunnel while team personnel is entering or exiting the field. A member of the Communications staff will briefly hold members during these times.
  • Media members will only be allowed to cross in front of the benches located on the west sideline during pregame, halftime or postgame when permitted by the Communications team. No crossing is allowed during the game.
  • Bibs must be worn at all times while on the field. No exceptions.
  • Due to space constraints, the East sideline is strictly off limits.
  • Media may exit the field through the southwest corner directly to the media room, through the northeast corner to the concourse (section 128, 129) or escorted through the northwest corner to the back of house and media room.

Pre-Game Ceremonies

  • A member of the Communications staff will escort photographers and videographers to the west midfield sideline for pre-game ceremonies. There will be two clearly roped photography areas. Please do not shoot directly at the half-line as you will block the midfield broadcast camera. Team photos will take place after the coin toss in front of the respective team benches.
  • During warm-ups, media members are free to move and stand along both the North and South endlines, as well as to the 18-yard line on the west sideline. Media members can switch between endlines during warm-ups but are forbidden from stopping anywhere on the west sideline between the 18-yard markers.

In-Game Video/Photo Guidelines

  • On-field photographers and videographers will receive assigned seating for each match. Seats may not be moved or repositioned without approval from the Communications team.
  • Due to limited sideline space at Orlando City Stadium, photographers and videographers may only shoot from behind the field boards in designated areas (see map). There is no photo access behind the goals.
  • Photographers may only shoot competition from the field. Areas barred from competition photography include the stands, the press box and the concourse. The technical area and sidelines are off limits to media without prior approval from the Communications team.
  • Photographers and videographers are not allowed to shoot inside of the six-yard box behind the goal.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR VIDEOGRAPHERS

  • Videographers willing to remain seated may receive an assigned seat on either endline. In order to limit the obstruction to fan sightlines, cameras may not be raised higher than the top of the field boards.
  • Videographers with tripods who wish to stand will be able to film from the north tunnels is space permits.
  • Non-rights holders, including local affiliates of rights holders, may only videotape the first 15 minutes of each half during all Orlando City matches. Videographers may shoot the entirety of Orlando Pride matches, excluding those that are nationally televised or unless otherwise noted.
  • Following the 15-minute access period, videographers must exit the field and head to the Media Room.

Live Video Policy: In-Game 

  • During match action, only Club personnel and broadcast rights-holders may transmit live video footage from Orlando City Stadium during hours of official play.
  • In the north and south designated areas, non-rights holders may record video of game action for highlights during access periods, but at no point during match action may they transmit live/streaming video footage, including video for television and/or mobile and web-based programs. 
  • All transmissions of live video for TV stand-ups pre/post-match must be in designated media access zones and must be pre-arranged and facilitated by a member of Orlando City SC Communications.

Live Video Policy: Post-Game Interviews and Locker Room Access

Orlando City SC:

  • A formal press conference with the Orlando City head coach will take place immediately following the final whistle in the Media Room. The away team head coach will be available to speak with media in the visiting locker room area.
  • Approved video-recorded interviews post-match in the locker room will take place approximately 15 minutes after the final whistle. Members of the media not recording video may be asked to slightly alter their standing position to allow for approved video recordings of the interview.
  • Members of the media may use their video recording devices, including cell phones and digital cameras, for approved interviews only (no b-roll in locker room allowed post-match), but are subject to follow the no still photography policy explained below.
  • Only Club personnel and Club broadcast rights-holders may transmit live video footage of interviews from the Club’s locker room during designated League-mandated media access windows. This policy includes live/streaming video for television and/or mobile and web-based programs.

Orlando Pride

  • Media availability will be held approximately 15 minutes following the final whistle in the Media Room with the Orlando Pride head coach and player(s). There is no locker room availability for media under any circumstances.
  • Additional post-game interviews, with home or away players, can be requested through the Orlando City SC Communications team and will take place in the mixed zone area (outside of the Media Room) immediately following the press conference.

Photographer and Videographer Guidelines:

General information:

  • All photographers and television camera operators must remain seated behind the field boards at all times, unless released by the on-site photo marshal.
  • Bibs must be worn and visible at all times while on the field.
    Photographers must remain seated during gameplay and may only move to leave the field. Seats will be provided and may not be moved or repositioned without approval from a member of the Communications team.
  • The only exception to the field board rule will be when a staff photographer, a national rights-holder, or the league has a crew at a game. These entities will be allowed to shoot in assigned areas between the top of the 18-yard box and the end line.
  • Certain seats may be reserved for team or league staff.
  • Each photographer will be permitted to use one monopod -- but no tripods.
  • Stand-alone remote units will not be permitted at any time on or around the goal posts. Units mounted on the top of field boards behind the end line will be permitted at the stadium’s discretion, provided the equipment does not interfere with the clear display of the field board and does not impede the operation of broadcast equipment or fan sightlines.
    • Photographers looking to position a remote-controlled camera behind the goal must receive approval from the Communications team before matchday.

Photographer Access to Field (see map):

  • Photographers and camera operators shall be permitted on the end lines, behind the field boards from the corner to the six-yard box. No one may sit in front of the field boards or on the sideline.
  • Once situated, no movement along either sideline shall be permitted until halftime. No photographers will be allowed to move from end to end on either side of the field. Those wishing to switch endlines during gameplay must use the concourse.
  • Photographers may not stand, at any time, unless to leave the field.

Photography Work room:

  • The Media Room on the first level of the stadium along the southwest end will double as the Photo Work Room. This space is accessible through the Media Entrance and is located just off the top of the competition tunnel. Space is limited and can be used on a first come, first serve basis.

Equipment:

  • Media members with field access must use professional equipment during matches. Mobile, handheld or “point-and-shoot” style cameras are not permitted and unauthorized use may result in denial of access and/or removal from the field.
  • Cell phones may not be used as an on-field recording device unless approved by OCSC or MLS Communications.

Accreditation:

  • MLS and NWSL do not permit the accreditation of photographers shooting specifically for commercial agencies other than official photography providers (USA Today Sports Images/ISI Photos). However, since many agencies offer editorial and commercial sales options (Getty Images, AP, Reuters, etc.) this must be handled on a case-by-case basis and requires pre-approval from Orlando City SC Communications.

TRAINING GUIDELINES:

Schedules:

  • Training schedules are posted weekly through Google Calendars. The calendar can be synced to mobile devices or computers and provides instant updates and information regarding training sessions.
  • For information on subscribing to Orlando City and/or Orlando Pride schedules, please contact the Communications team at pr@orlandocitysc.com.
  • A weekly schedule will also be sent to local news desks via email.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, the final 15 minutes of each training session will be open to media.

Access:

  • Training is the best place to secure midweek, one-on-one or extended interviews with players and technical staff.
  • A different player will be made available each training session to help media plan their interviews and coverage accordingly.
  • Additional player interviews may be requested to a member of the communications team with a 48-hour advance notice.

Live Video Policy:

  • For portions of on-field training open to members of the media, attendees may use their cell phones/cameras to record b-roll for editorial purposes, but at no point during the team’s session may they transmit live/streaming video footage including video for television and/or mobile and web-based programs.
  • During media access windows at training, only Club personnel and broadcast rights-holders may transmit live video footage from designated media access points.
  • All transmissions of live video for TV stand-ups outside of the training facility in designated media access zones must be pre-arranged and facilitated by a member of the Communications team.