All men’s and women’s National League games will be live-streamed free as part of a new long-term content partnership between New Zealand Football and FIFA+.
The partnership — which NZ Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell describes as a “gamechanger” — will make more football and futsal content available to watch for free, than ever before.
It includes live coverage of:
- International games involving the All Whites and Football Ferns.
- Men’s and women’s National League fixtures.
- The Ford Futsal Superleagues for women and men.
- The later stages of the Kate Sheppard Cup and Chatham Cup.
The first international game to be covered by the new partnership will be Sunday’s friendly between the Football Ferns and Chile (11am NZT).
Games will be available to watch live, on-demand as full match replays and as highlights packages.
Domestic competitions will be available to watch worldwide, with international friendlies available in Aotearoa New Zealand and select international markets.
Andrew Pragnell, New Zealand Football CEO, said:
“Following the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, where football was highly visible, a big priority for New Zealand Football has been continuing that momentum and making our games accessible to all Kiwis.
“Football is a game for everyone to enjoy, its growth is unstoppable, and we don’t believe it belongs behind a paywall.
“Broadcasting has also changed, and it is time we stepped into the future.
“This partnership will see more football and futsal content than ever before free to watch, from our senior national teams to our domestic competitions, as well as an archive of previous international activity that will be added to over time.
“With full international schedules for our senior national teams, an expanded women’s National League Championship and futsal one of the fastest growing sports in the country, this is a great time for the game in Aotearoa New Zealand and now people will be able to watch all of it for free.”
James Wear, New Zealand Football GM Brand & Partnerships, sees this partnership as a big opportunity to continue the growth of the game across the country.
“This partnership has allowed New Zealand Football to take control of the rights for our content and directly produce games for our fans, ensuring that all international friendlies and domestic competitions are available in Aotearoa New Zealand, and free for all to watch.
“It will also allow our domestic competitions and home international friendlies to be broadcast around the world like never before.
“This project will create a one stop shop for all New Zealand football and futsal content that will be transformational to how people watch the game.”
Romy Gai, FIFA’s chief commercial officer, said:
“FIFA+ is committed to making football truly global by enabling supporters to watch and access live matches.
“We recently witnessed the greatest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and interest in the sport is only continuing to grow.
“This new addition to FIFA+ will allow football fans in New Zealand and further afield to watch their local teams, as well as their national teams play on free-to-air television, thus helping to build momentum from the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
How to watch
FIFA+ is free to join and available on web, app and on select smart TVs.
Fans can access FIFA+ at:
Web – plus.fifa.com
App – Apple Store
App – Google Store
For more information on accessing the platform visit help.plus.fifa.com.
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