EFL EX­CITE­MENT ALL AROUND THE GLOBE!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

IF YOU thought the EFL was just a do­mes­tic mat­ter, then think again – games are set to be shown in more than 150 coun­tries this sea­son!

From Ar­gentina to An­dorra, from Mex­ico to Botswana, EFL league and cup games will gain screen time.

They will be broad­cast or streamed into 166 coun­tries with a reach of al­most 614 mil­lion house­holds across Asia, Africa, the Amer­i­cas, Europe, the Mid­dle East and Ocea­nia, re­in­forc­ing the EFL’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most watched com­pe­ti­tions in world foot­ball.

“This is great news for both clubs and their sup­port­ers, wher­ever they may be in the world,” said EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive, Shaun Har­vey.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties

“We are de­lighted to see the in­creased ap­petite from ex­ist­ing and new part­ners for our com­pe­ti­tions and that can only serve us well for the fu­ture.

“The pro­lif­er­a­tion of the global game means hav­ing a reg­u­lar and prom­i­nent pres­ence in­ter­na­tion­ally has never been as im­por­tant and is very sig­nif­i­cant to our clubs who are look­ing to fur­ther es­tab­lish them­selves in key over­seas mar­kets.

“This an­nounce­ment is sup­ported by this sum­mer’s launch of the new ground-break­ing dig­i­tal plat­form, iFol­low, that will rev­o­lu­tionise the way thou­sands of EFL sup­port­ers over­seas gain ac­cess to their club as well as pro­vid­ing rev­enue op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­vi­ously not avail­able.”

This week­end, 31 EFL matches were avail­able to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

In to­tal, more than 1,500 matches will be avail­able in HD qual­ity this sea­son, with iFol­low show­ing ev­ery EFL league match live un­less that match has been se­lected by the EFL’s over- seas broad­cast part­ners.

Sub­scribers will pay the equiv­a­lent of £110 per sea­son for the ser­vice which will pro­vide cov­er­age of up to 46 live games per club. In­di­vid­ual match passes have also been made avail­able for the equiv­a­lent of £5 per match, as have new free-to-down­load apps for 55 EFL clubs which are avail­able for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Agree­ment

Mean­while, fans based in the UK and Repub­lic of Ire­land will have ac­cess to live au­dio match com­men­tary, high­lights pack­ages and ex­clu­sive con­tent as part of the new of­fer­ing.

League matches se­lected for live TV cov­er­age, in­clud­ing those on Sky Sports and one other Satur­day 3pm kick-off that will be broad­cast in­ter­na­tion­ally, are not avail­able to stream on iFol­low or com­par­a­tive club ser­vices.

Fifty-eight EFL clubs of­fer the iFol­low ser­vice with the re­main­ing 14 clubs able to of­fer live stream­ing to in­ter­na­tional fans on a com­par­a­tive ser­vice.

New apps have been built for 55 of the 58 clubs within the EFL Dig­i­tal agree­ment. The three re­main­ing clubs, Brent­ford, Cardiff City, and Not­ting­ham For­est, have pro­duced their own apps in con­junc­tion with iFol­low.

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