FuboTV lands US streaming rights to Conmebol World Cup qualifiers
FuboTV, the US over-the-top live television and sports streaming service, has acquired exclusive live streaming rights to soccer’s South American Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
The agreement, reached in partnership with the rights holders of the 10 South American teams, will enable the platform to show all remaining Conmebol qualifying matches on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Conmebol qualifiers were previously shown in USA on Fanatiz, the soccer-focused OTT streaming platform.
The earlier rounds of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers were only available via pay-per-view in the country.
Under the new deal, FuboTV will have exclusive OTT live streaming rights for 70 qualifying matches in USA.
Qualifying is scheduled to resume in June after the previous round of games last month was cancelled due to travel restrictions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Additional match windows are set for later this year and early 2022.
FuboTV also has rights to re-airs and highlights, and matches will be broadcast with both English and Spanish commentary.
In addition, the platform will produce original programming around its coverage, including pre-match, half-time and post-match shows.
David Gandler, FuboTV co-founder and chief executive, said: “Our mission is to provide the world’s most thrilling sports-first live TV experience with the greatest breadth of premium content, interactivity and integrated wagering. By offering the best of South American soccer in advance of Qatar 2022, we are further differentiating FuboTV’s sports-first content portfolio enabling us to engage with more consumers than ever before.”
The top four teams in the South American table will qualify automatically for the World Cup, with the fifth-place team contesting a play-off.
The 10 South American nations have each played four qualifiers so far, with Brazil top after winning all of their games.