FIFA launches new digital service

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World football organization FIFA has launched a new digital platform that is expected to broadcast the equivalent of 40,000 live matches in 2022.

The free, ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) service FIFA Plus, which will be available on all web and mobile devices in five languages ​​- English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish – will broadcast 1,400 matches per month drawn from 100 member associations in the six football confederations, including 11,000 women’s matches, according to the organisation.

Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – which will be televised in the US by Fox Sports and Telemundo – FIFA Plus will feature all past FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup matches on film, totaling over 2,000 hours of archived content. Overall, the FIFA Plus Archive will launch with over 2,500 videos dating back to the 1950s, with many more to come throughout the year.

In addition, FIFA Plus will also feature full-length documentaries, docuseries, talk shows and short films in 11 languages, telling stories from the local grassroots to national teams and past and present football heroes from over 40 country, said FIFA.

“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 globally,” said the President of FIFA. FIFA, Gianni Infantino, in a statement. “This project represents a cultural shift in the way different types of football fans want to connect and explore the global game and has been a fundamental part of my Vision 2020-2023. It will accelerate the democratization of football and we are delighted to share it with fans. ▪️

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