COSAFA and FIFA+, the new one-stop digital destination for football fandom, have teamed up to take Southern Africa football to the world. As part of its mission to give fans engaging and innovative ways of interacting with the beautiful game, FIFA+ offers free access to live football action from every corner of the globe, which now includes matches from COSAFA competitions including, COSAFA Cup, Women’s Champions League, Women’s Championship, and Men’s U20 Championship.
The platform, which is available on the web, as a mobile app and on select connected devices, and is now accessible in ten languages, represents a ground-breaking approach to showcasing live football from men’s, women’s and youth leagues and cups to a global audience.
COSAFA President Artur de Almeida e Silva said: “We are delighted to have partnered with FIFA+ to showcase our COSAFA tournaments to a wider audience around the world. This will be of particular benefit to those fans from our 14 member associations who are based outside of Africa, but still follow their national teams with fervour and passion.
“It also highlights the extensive work we are doing at junior national team level to grow the game for men and women and exposes the huge amount of young talent we have in the region to a broader watching world, potentially opening opportunities for them at clubs outside the continent.”
Dave Roberts, who leads Member Association and Over-the-Top (OTT) broadcasting operations for FIFA+, said: “For the first time ever, our MAs can seamlessly tap into a truly global football fan base and grow a direct relationship with it on a daily basis. We are proud to work side by side with COSAFA and are excited about helping to really grow the Southern Africa game.”
Since its launch, FIFA+ has steadily expanded its reach and added exciting new content streams in order to deliver a truly multifaceted digital experience.
Completely free, the platform offers an extensive archive (including all men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup™ matches), thousands of live fixtures every year, interactive games and predictors, and a slate of original documentaries, docuseries, talk shows and shorts.
By the end of 2022, FIFA+ will be streaming the equivalent of 40,000 live games per year from 100 MAs across all six confederations, including 11,000 women’s matches. FIFA+ provides live coverage ranging from Europe’s top-flight leagues to previously unserved competitions from around the world in men’s, women’s and youth football. FIFA+ can be accessed worldwide at fifaplus.com and on major app stores.