This is in response to another thread recently where they were talking about shooting football into the sun.
I rarely shoot daytime football with the sun at my back. I really don't care for photos with all facial detail lost in shadows and would much rather have blown highlights and visible faces.
While it is not always possible, I try my best to be shooting with the sun directly at their backs. This tends to keep the subject in more even lighting with the blown highlights being mostly around edges. Again, this is not always possible but the more of your subject in the shaded side of the photo the better.
It also helps if the background (typically the stands) are also in the shaded side of the image. Like with the subject, the more evenly lit your image is, the less noticeable the blown areas are.
I think most of these images were shot at f/2.8 ISO 400 and 1/2000. Some might have varied a bit from there but that is the general range. I also always shoot full manual and adjust as needed for changing conditions.
Enough rambling. Hope that provides some general info on how I go about shooting into the sun.
Oh, one last positive for shooting this way. You will have virtually the entire sideline to yourself because most people don't know how to set their exposure and/or follow the notion that you should always shoot with the sun at your back. You can show them your photos later so they can actually see what the players faces look like.