Derek Rae has called many soccer games for a myriad of networks in both the U.S. and the UK. Whether it’s been for ESPN, Fox Sports, NBCSN or BT Sport across the pond, Rae has been acknowledged as one of the most solid soccer announcers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Rae has been calling this year’s World Cup for Fox with Aly Wagner from a studio from Los Angeles, but even so, the preparation for play-by-play is still the same.

Just before this week’s Iran-Portugal game, Rae provided a picture of his prep sheet for the players. While some announcers have cleanly printed sheets or boards, Rae has written notes for both sides and he acknowledged that he rarely looks at it during a game:

While it may look like a foreign language, Rae knows what works for him. And as he said, this is not for everyone.

And other announcers chimed in like NHL and CFL play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert:

It also reminds us of Ian Eagle who shared his NCAA Tournament board with us back in 2016:

It’s always interesting to see when announcers pull back the curtain and allow us to see how they prepare for their work.

[Derek Rae Twitter]

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.