- Staff Writer
FIFA+: FIFA launches footballing streaming service
FIFA is getting into the streaming game with the launch of new VOD platform FIFA+. The streaming hub delivers live domestic league games from around the globe, match stats and archive games, as well as original content.
By the end of 2022, FIFA+ will be streaming the equivalent of 40,000 live games per year from 100 Member Associations across all six confederations, including 11,000 women’s matches and 29,000 men’s matches. FIFA+ offers live coverage from Europe’s topflight leagues to previously unserved competitions from around the world in men’s, women’s and youth football. From launch, 1,400 matches will be live streamed monthly on FIFA+, with that number than increasing.
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, FIFA+ is home to every FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup match ever recorded on camera, totalling more than 2,000 hours of archive content. This is the first time the entire archive is available to fans directly. Fans will have the ability to watch full-match replays, highlights, goals and magical moments all in one place. The FIFA+ Archive has more than 2,500 videos dating back to the 1950s, with many more to come throughout the year.
The Match Centre allows football fans to see data across 400 men’s competitions and 65 women’s competitions. A daily feed of news from around the world of men’s and women’s football offers additional updates. FIFA+ also features full-length documentaries, docuseries, talk shows and shorts – localised into 11 languages, telling stories from local grassroots to national teams and footballing heroes past and present from more than 40 countries.
These include: Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World, an exclusive, feature-length documentary charting the player’s rise from the streets of Brazil to footballing stardom; Captains: Season 1, an eight-part series from Fulwell 73 (Sunderland ‘Til I Die, All or Nothing: Juventus) following six captains as they lead their countries through qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022; Croatia: Defining a Nation, an original feature-length documentary about how football unites and binds the nation; HD Cutz, an original 8-part docuseries with barber to the stars Sheldon Edwards talking food, fashion, music and, sometimes, football; Dani Crazy Dream, an all-access six-part documentary series featuring Dani Alves, the most decorated player in history as he tries to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2022; Golden Boot, a four-part docuseries interviewing the greatest FIFA World Cup goalscorers; Icons, a five-part docuseries showcasing five of the biggest game-changers of the women’s game; and Academies, the inside story of some of the greatest talent production lines in world football. “FIFA+ represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive, and it underpins FIFA’s core mission of expanding and developing football globally,” says FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “This project represents a cultural shift in the way different types of football fans want to connect with and explore the global game and has been a fundamental part of my Vision 2020-2023. It will accelerate the democratisation of football and we are delighted to share it with fans.”
FIFA+ is available across all web and mobile devices, with support for connected devices coming soon. It is available in five language editions (English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish), with an additional six languages to follow in June.