- FIFA+ will feature worldwide live domestic league games, match stats, the largest international football archive among others
- In 2022, FIFA+ will stream over 40,000 men’s and women’s matches, totalling over 29,000 men’s and 11,000 women’s matches
- Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Ronaldo Nazário, Lukaku, Lucy Bronze, and Carli Lloyd are among the initial round of FIFA+ Originals
- FIFA+ will be available on a mobile app, a web browser, or an internet-connected TV device, just as Netflix, and Disney+
FIFA has announced the launch of FIFA+, a world-class digital platform designed to bring football fans closer to the game they love for free.
Despite similarities to Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, consumers should expect the service to be subscription-free in short to medium term.
On FIFA+, you’ll be able to watch live matches and original programming, with some of the biggest names in men’s and women’s soccer likely to appear.
Sportsleo has everything you need to know about this exciting new adventure right here.
What is FIFA+, and how does it work?
FIFA+ will be available on a mobile app, a web browser, or an internet-connected TV device, just as Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+.
It is free and does not require a subscription, but it will include pre-roll and banner advertising to generate revenue.
It will not take the place of local media agreements, which include the rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup and Club World Cup on television.
FIFA hopes that the platform will help them expand the reach and popularity of its major international and club tournaments.
What can I watch on FIFA+?
Several FIFA+ Originals will be available, including Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Ronaldo Nazário, Romelu Lukaku, Lucy Bronze, and Carli Lloyd.
Upon launch, you will be able to watch:
- You’ll be able to watch Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World when it launches. Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World
- Season 1 of Captains. It contains Croatia’s Luka Modric, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Vanuatu’s Brian Kaltak, Jamaica’s Andre Blake, Lebanon’s Hassan Maatouk, and Portugal’s Thiago Silva (Brazil)
- Defining Croatia as a Nation
- Sheldon Edwards, a London barber, talks to Paul Pogba, Antonio Rudiger, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, among others, for HD Cutz.
- Dani Crazy Dream is an intimate documentary on Dani Alves, covering his transfer to Barcelona and a conversation with Xavi Hernandez, his manager.
- Golden Boot – Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker, and Ronaldo Nazar are among the most significant goal scorers.
- Icons – A look at the best players in the women’s game with Wendie Renard, Lucy Bronze, Asisat Oshoala, Carli Lloyd and Sam Kerr involved
- Academies – The best academies, with Anderlecht featured in episode 1
Podcasts, news, and gaming material will also be available. A ‘creator network’ has also been established to encourage football influencers to sign up and generate content directly on the platform.
Will there be live matches on FIFA+?
There will be roughly 40,000 live matches streamed per year, or about 1,500 per month. By the time the World Cup comes around in 2022, that figure is expected to increase to 3,000 every month.
It will feature matches from men’s, women’s, and youth teams worldwide. The goal is to broadcast 11,000 women’s matches from 65 different competitions every year.
So far, about half of FIFA’s member associations have been approached about using FIFA+, with the remaining 211 to be contacted by the end of 2022.
The objective is to have a unique homepage for each country that features the most relevant material for that country’s audience.
FIFA is eager to bring cameras to matches that are not currently aired, like leagues in Africa, Oceania, and Asia that are not currently covered.
The Angolan First Division has been given as an example of a league that does not have local television coverage.
There will also be content from the major football nations.
Languages available in FIFA+ include English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, with an additional six languages to follow in June of 2022.
“FIFA+ represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive. It underpins FIFA’s core mission of expanding and developing football globally,” said 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.”