Australian broadcaster Network Ten has been announced as the free-to-air partner of Football Federation Australia (FFA), the governing body of soccer in the country.
Under the terms of the agreement, the terrestrial channel will broadcast select matches from Australia’s top-tier club competition, the A-League, and Australia’s national team, the Socceroos, following the current Fifa World Cup qualifying cycle.
Network Ten’s ‘One’ channel will take a live simulcast of Fox Sports’ Saturday night match from the start of the 2017/18 A-League season. The pay-TV broadcaster recently signed a six-year extension with the FFA for live coverage of every A-League game, the women’s W-League and the men’s knock-out club competition, the FFA Cup, as well as Socceroos fixtures and games played by the women’s national side, the Matildas.
“This is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport,” said David Gallop, chief executive of the FFA. “We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A-League - such as the Saturday night derbies - into every household in Australia live for the first time.
“It is part of the overall broadcast deal with Fox Sports and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their ‘all games live’ coverage of the Hyundai A-League.”