Fifa+ will show over 40,000 matches in 2022 including 11,000 women’s games. — Reuters pic
PARIS, April 13 — Fifa on Tuesday announced the launch of its own digital platform that will offer live streaming of thousands of football matches as well as archive footage of the World Cup and a library of other material in a variety of languages.
The platform, named Fifa+, will show over 40,000 matches in 2022 including 11,000 women’s games, said world football’s governing body.
“From launch, 1,400 matches will be live streamed monthly on Fifa+, rising rapidly,” Fifa said.
It is making its entire archive from the men’s and women’s World Cups available to watch, “totalling more than 2,000 hours”.
The platform will also feature statistics, talk shows and documentaries, including a 90-minute documentary about former Brazil star Ronaldinho.
Fifa’s decision to launch its own streaming service comes with established platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime already investing heavily in sport-related content.
European football’s governing body Uefa launched its own streaming service, Uefa.tv, in 2019.
It offers archive footage as well as match highlights, notably from women’s tournaments and youth competitions. — AFP