FIFA+ streaming service launched with free football matches

Gio Reyna #11 of the United States is scored by Daniel Chacon #6 of Costa Rica during a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Costa Rica and USMNT at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on March 30, 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The launch of FIFA+ precedes the November 2022 World Cup.
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Football fans cheer after FIFA, the international governing body for professional sport, launched its own streaming service for live matches, match replays and original documentaries on Tuesday. FIFA+ is now available for free on the web and mobile devices, but it’s still unclear if it will be. possibly charge the the biggest matches.

The service will initially broadcast 1,400 matches each month, according to the sports federation, many of which of its six professionals international confederations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The service will also cover aro youth male and female footballand the world. The original lineup will include a documentary on the Brazilian football player Ronaldinho, a docu-series which presents the greatest scorers of the World Cup and another docus-series on influential female footballers.

In the months preceding the World Cup which took place in Qatar this In November, FIFA+ will also offer games from its history archive, which includes all FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.

FIFA has not clarified whether this year’s World Cup matches will be available to stream on the service, or if they require additional fees. Otherwise, American viewers to have for watch world cup matches on cable networks fox and FS1, which are available on paid streaming services, including Hulu or Sling TV. Games will also be streamed live on the Fox Sports app.

Beyond the World Cup, soccer fans in the United States find it difficult to keep up with ongoing soccer matches in European leagues, as games only not available via some points of sale including CBS Sports and Paramount+.

FIFA+ can serve as an alternative source for football viewers, although the biggest and most popular matches teams are not on the streaming service at the moment. For now, FIFA says it is “focus on matches from “previously unserved competitions around the world.”

This may change in the future as the streaming service may eventually adopt a paywall for certain events like the World Cup or European football.

“There are no plans to charge a subscription fee for the service, [but] that’s not to say that we might not scale over time if there was a value proposition that allowed us to charge for subscription if we go into premium rights or adopt other types of models” , Charlotte Burr, FIFA Strategy Director, told ESPN. “But there will always be a free experience on FIFA+.”

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