In a move that brings regular football back to free to air television for the first time in ten years, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has done a deal with Triangle and Stratos to screen games from New Zealand, the Pacific, and further afield screened via its channels on Sky Digital, Freeview and Telstra Clear cable.
Highlights and full matches of OFC’s top football competitions will screen from next month, both mid-week and on weekends, and will include matches from the OFC under-20 women’s championship to be played at North Harbour Stadium from October 5.
The O-League, OFC’s premier club competition, will be screened from the October 17 kickoff, with matches in Auckland and Noumea. The O-League has eight teams from around the Pacific, including two New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) teams.
The game’s world governing body, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), has recently completed research that shows there are more than 500,000 football players in the Oceania region, which covers New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu.
Triangle Stratos and the OFC will assembling its own OB team to cover the games.