Football Federation Australia has signed a joint $160m broadcasting deal with FOX Sports and SBS for the next 4 years.
FOX Sports will have Live coverage of every Socceroos and A-League match, while SBS enjoys exclusive free-to-air TV rights for the A-League matches, including one live match on Friday nights.
FOX Sports Live coverage includes all finals matches and the Grand Final, plus exclusive Live coverage of every Socceroos World Cup Qualifier and international fixture. All games will be in HD with coverage also available on tablet devices.
FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “FOX Sports and Foxtel has invested over $160 million in Australian football over the past eight years and, with FFA, our long-term commitment has been fundamental in building the Hyundai A-League from its foundations to where it stands today as one of the most interesting and emerging competitions in Australian sport. It is wholesome family entertainment and is attracting interest like we’ve never seen before.
“We see football as an essential part of the FOX Sports summer offering and our vision, together with Foxtel and FFA, is for football to become part of Australia’s summer fabric, whether it’s going to watch an A-League game or kicking the ball around in a park or on the beach.
Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein, added: “In 2005 we backed FOX Sports and FFA to build a new vision for football and its broadcast in Australia. Eight years later we are seeing the fruits of a new summer sport with great young talent and international superstars – its young, cool and gathering interest from Australian families like never before.”
SBS’s coverage of the A-League will commence from the 2013-14 season and will be the first time the A-League is broadcast on free-to-air TV since the competition’s inception.
SBS rights include:
One Live Hyundai A-League match per week on a Friday night;
All Hyundai A-League Finals Series matches on a one hour delay;
The Hyundai A-League Grand Final on a one hour delay;
A weekly highlights show;
Online and mobile rights including simultaneous streaming and highlights; and
It also includes Socceroos FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on a one hour delay (effective immediately). SBS will broadcast the next Qualifier against Oman in Sydney from 8:00pm Tuesday 26 March 2013 on SBS ONE.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “SBS has always championed the sports which unite communities and the world and with football being the world’s biggest game it is fitting that the A-League and Socceroos will now have a free-to-air presence on SBS, building on our strong football pedigree.
“This agreement is exciting news for football fans across the country and will give all Australians access to the A-League and the Socceroos. We are proud to be part of this new partnership which will help take the domestic game in Australia to the next level.
“The broadcast of the Socceroos will complement SBS’s FIFA World Cup coverage which SBS has the rights to all editions up to and including 2022.”
SBS Head of Sport Ken Shipp added, “SBS is the spiritual home of football in Australia and our passion, dedication and football expertise is unrivalled. We are excited to continue to grow the game in Australia through this new partnership and deliver the high standard of coverage for which SBS is known across all our platforms, including on-air, online and mobile devices.”
The new broadcast agreement will take effect on July 1, 2013, with FOX Sports remaining as the exclusive broadcaster of the Hyundai A-League for the 2012/13 season.