Big Blue Grand Final to smash viewing records

It may be played in a much smaller venue than anticipated, but the 2015 A-League Grand Final is set to be the most watched club match in Australian football history. 

Unprecedented interest in the championship decider is forecast to beat last year’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final average TV audience of 650,000 in Australia and global reach of 250 million.

The action kicks off at 4pm Sunday when Premiers Melbourne Victory square off against runners-up Sydney FC at AAMI Park, Melbourne.

The blockbuster Big Blue will be broadcast live into major European, North American and Asian markets and streamed live internationally.

International coverage will see the match broadcast live in 57 countries, including Germany, the UK, Ireland, USA, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India & Indian Sub-continent, Mexico and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The match will be available on live streaming via www.aleague.livesport.tv, an internet TV subscription service for users outside of Australia and Oceania.

In addition to the full match broadcasts, highlights of the championship decider will be seen in 53 countries throughout Asia including Japan, South Korea, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East.

FFA chief David Gallop said the growing Australian and international broadcast audiences would give the A-League another huge boost in credibility and popularity.

“We’ve always been of the view that any fan who comes to an A-League game for the first time will want to come back,” Gallop said.

“It’s the same with TV viewers. Sunday’s Grand Final should attract a record TV audience and we say many will become hooked on the top-class action and atmosphere on show at AAMI Park.

“Over the past decade Fox Sports has set new benchmarks for world-class production and in tandem with SBS will take the coverage to millions of Australian households, pubs and clubs.

“The huge international reach will show the world that Australian club football produces fantastic sporting entertainment.”

FFA has a long standing agreement with World Sport Group (WSG) to market the worldwide broadcast and digital rights for the Hyundai A-League.

The Hyundai A-League 2015 Grand Final will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 4 (Channel 505) from 3pm AEST and from 4.30pm AEST on SBS TV 1.

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