Sports Writing 102 | How to write a match report?

Sports Journalism Fundamentals

Instructed by Nikki Parsons

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  • What to prepare before, during, and after a match
  • How to organize your notes into a report
  • Answers to common questions about writing match reports
  • Simple and quick editing tips

If you love sports and are looking to get paid for your passion, this course is for you!

Nikki is an Editor and Senior Sports Writer at La Liga News UK and freelance sports writer for It's Round & It's White. She'll teach you the key elements that make up any sports article.

In this class you'll learn:

  • what to prepare before, during, and after a match
  • how to organize your notes into a report
  • answers to common questions about writing match reports
  • some quick editing tips

This course is the second in a series on "How to become a sports writer".

The series is for people who are looking to get into sports writing, whether you are passionate about sports and want to get paid for your passion as a full-time career or as part of your freelance side hustle.

I suggest viewing the first course in the series before taking this course on match reports, to get an understanding of the basic features in any sports article.

  • Understand English spelling and grammar rules
  • Beginner sports writers who are just looking to enter the field
  • Professionals who want to change to a career in sports writing
  • Freelancers interested in making sports writing part of their side hustle
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Section 1 : Introduction

  • Lecture 1 :

Section 2 : Writing match reports

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Structure of a match report
  • Go through the steps required to write a match report, with a focus on football (soccer) matches.
  • Lecture 2 :
  • How to organize your report?
  • Understand how to organize the different sections of a match report.
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Common questions on writing match reports
  • Common questions about writing match reports, like how long it should take to write.
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Activity: Writing your first match report
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Activity: Watch & take notes on a sports match
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Activity: Critiquing match reports
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Reflecting on article feedback

Section 3 : Conclusion

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Conclusion & key takeaways

Nikki Parsons,

A British-American expat living in Barcelona, taking full advantage of the close proximity to Camp Nou. Nikki is an Editor & Senior Sports Writer at "La Liga News UK" as well as a freelance contributor to "It's Round & It's White". In addition, she is a pundit on 90min Fan Voice for FC Barcelona, participates on the local TV chat show "The Week in Football", and launched "Match the Bar" a mobile app that helps people find a bar in Barcelona to watch a specific sports match. Nikki has a B.S. in Hospitality & Sports Management from New York University, and her life currently revolves entirely around sport.
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