FIFA launched its free streaming service — called FIFA Plus, of course – that includes a mix of live football matches, archived content, original features and much more. It is available worldwide on the web and on mobile devices, in five languages (English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish) with more to come.
The service will exceed 40,000 . to stream live matches per year from 100 member associations in all six confederations, including 29,000 men’s competitions and 11,000 women’s competitions. FIFA promises to cover a wide range of games, from “Europe’s top leagues to previously unserved leagues.” For example, nowadays you can stream matches from Mongolian 2nd League, Nepal Women’s Football League and 3F Superliga. FIFA says 1,400 matches will be streamed live in the first month, and that number will increase over time.
Original content at launch will include a film about Ronaldinho, a six-part documentary about Dani Alves and a five-part docuseries featuring interviews with icons such as Carli Lloyd, Lucy Bronze and Wendie Renard. In the meantime, archived images includes entire World Cup matches, or just the highlights, as well as collections focused on individual players or compilations such as ‘best goals’ and ‘best assists’.
The ad-supported service is free for now, but that may change over time. “We will expand strategically – so we may start to focus on gaming, social community and possibly subscriptions depending on where this goes and where the industry disruption leads,” said FIFA Plus head Charlotte Burr, according to Variety†