As part of its efforts to “accelerate the democratization of football”, FIFA has launched a free video streaming service where it will broadcast more than 40,000 domestic and international matches each year, as well as archival footage, replays and original documentaries.
The content available on FIFA Plus is ad-supported and free to users. This will not affect existing match broadcast rights, at least initially, and you will not be able to see any matches from the upcoming Qatar World Cup.
FIFA Plus launches with 1,400 live matches per month, streamed in HD, growing to 40,000 from 100 member associations across its six confederations by the end of 2022. There will be some coverage of Europe’s top leagues, but also expect to see previously unserved competitions from around the world. the world – including Jordan, Angola, Poland, Mexico and Denmark – in men’s, women’s and youth football.
According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, “FIFA Plus represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive, and it underpins FIFA’s core mission to expand and develop football worldwide. global scale.
“This project represents a cultural shift in how different types of football fans want to connect and explore the global game.”
Although it won’t show any of Qatar’s upcoming matches, the FIFA Plus Archive will house content including every FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup match ever recorded on camera. The catalog will include 2,500 hours of footage at launch, including full games and highlights dating back to the 1950s, with more to be added on an ongoing basis.
Alongside the games, FIFA Plus offers an ambitious roster of original documentaries, series and experts available in 11 languages - which it says will tell “stories from the grassroots to national teams and footballing heroes past and present from more than 40 countries”.
FIFA says its offering will continue to grow throughout the year, but currently includes:
- Ronaldinho: the happiest man in the world An exclusive feature documentary offering extensive access to never-before-seen archives of one of the most iconic players to ever play the game. The 90-minute film directed by Stuart and Andrew Douglas, produced by Bernie Goldmann and by Simon Horsman and Jeffrey Los Angeles Media Fund’s Soros, tells the player’s unique life story, charting his rise through the streets of Brazil to become one of football’s most beloved players. Lionel Messi, Frank Rijkaard and Carles Puyol are all in attendance and reveal what this FIFA legend means to them.
- Captains An 8-part series of Fulwell 73 (Sunderland Till I Die, All or Nothing: Juventus) after six captains as they led their country to qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The series, which will explore the leadership traits of each individual, includes Luka Modrić (Croatia), Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Brian Kaltak (Vanuatu), Andre Blake (Jamaica), Hassan Maatouk (Lebanon) and Thiago Silva (Brazil).
- Croatia: defining a nation This original feature-length documentary tells how football unites and binds this nation and a group of friends who have achieved global recognition against the backdrop of the most extreme adversity. They each became legends and painted their country across the world. From the famous director Louis Myles (Kaiser: The greatest footballer to never play football, Liverpool FC: 30 years of waiting).
- HD Cup An original 8-part docuseries with celebrity barber Sheldon Edwards talking about food, fashion, music and, occasionally, football. With personalities like Paul Pogba and Antonio Rüdiger.
- Dani crazy dream An open-access documentary series featuring Dani Alves, the most decorated player in history as he bids to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
- golden boot An original docuseries interviewing the greatest scorers of the FIFA World Cup, produced by Goalhanger Films (Wayne Rooney: the man behind the goals). Episode 1 sees Gary Lineker sit down with Brazilian great Ronaldo Nazário to rewatch the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
- Icons A docuseries featuring five of women’s football’s biggest game changers: Wendie Renard, Lucy Bronze, Asisat Oshoala, Carli Lloyd and Sam Kerr telling their stories in their own words. Produced by Noah Media Group (14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, In Search of Jack Charlton).
- Academies The inside story of some of the biggest talent production chains in world football from Shoot the Company. Season 1 tells the story of RSC Anderlecht.
FIFA Plus can be accessed via web browsers as well as Android and iOS apps, with TV app support coming later this year. Initially, it is available in five languages (English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish) with versions in Mandarin, Bahasa, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Hindi to follow in June 2022.
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