FIFA Plus will provide soccer fans with thousands of matches for free


The US men’s qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Panama in March.

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FIFA on Tuesday launched a new streaming service, FIFA Plus. While the service promises thousands of men’s and women’s matches live each year, fans reportedly won’t be able to broadcast matches from the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA Plus plans to stream over 40,000 live matches per year, plus an archive of previous World Cup tournaments. according to the announcement, starting with over 2,500 films from the 1950s. The service will also offer a daily soccer news feed from around the world and interactive elements such as fantasy games, quizzes and predictors.

In addition, FIFA Plus offers a range of original series, including full-length documentaries, documentaries, talk shows and local short films. Some of the titles available at the premiere include Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World, a documentary about a soccer star, and Captains, a documentary in which we follow the six captains who lead the teams in the qualifier for the 2022 World Cup.

The service will be launched ahead of the Qatar World Cup, which is scheduled to start in November, but will not broadcast these matches live, by variety. “There are no plans today to have rights to the World Cup live on this premium platform,” said Variety Charlotte Burr, CEO of FIFA Plus.

FIFA Plus is free to download for mobile devices and desktops and is available in five languages: English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. The service will be available in six more languages ​​in June, according to the publication, and will be “soon” on connected devices.

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

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