Conventional wisdom for sports photography are things like:
But sometimes using shadows and light in a different way can produce unique images that will make your images stand out from the other photographers
With the sun setting earlier as Autumn approaches and the north western pavilion a bit lower in height than the main pavilion next to it, about a third of the northern section of the field is covered in sun for about 30 minutes in the first halve, set against the northern stand already in shade producing a dark background. Instead of shooting soccer with the convention option of a 200-400mm lens, I decided to shoot with a 400mm f2.8 with a 1.4TC which would give me reach to the far end of the field into the strip of sunlight. Then it's a matter of anticipation to get the prerequisite "2 faces, a ball, feet off the ground"