A-League extends its global reach

The global audience reach of the Hyundai A-League will hit a potential 250 million viewers this season under the international broadcast and digital streaming arrangements, Football Federation Australia (FFA) confirmed on Tuesday.

There are 84 countries with broadcast agreements covering A-League matches as well as a global streaming deal with livesport.tv that means all 135 regular season matches and 6 Hyundai A-League 2016 Finals Series can be watched on line.

Under FFA’s distribution arrangements with World Sports Group (WSG), full live match broadcasts are available in the USA, China, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and Myanmar.

Other major markets across Asia and Africa have delayed coverage and extensive highlights packages.

“Football is the game played in the global village and it’s great that the A-League is on the menu across the world,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.

“The technical standard and entertainment value on show will boost the international credibility of our competition, while building a steady stream of commercial revenues.

“The continued influx of top-class foreign players and the growing number of current Socceroos in the A-League will add to the growth profile.”

In a significant boost for expatriate Australians and those travelling overseas, fans can watch every game live on hand-held devices by subscribing to aleague.livesport.tv

“The way fans are consuming live sport and sports news is changing at a rapid pace, so we are extremely pleased to be able to offer football fans all over the world this opportunity to watch all matches through the livesport.tv platform.”

(Photo - the captains teleconference at the A-League 2015/16 launch by footballaustralia.com.au)