Liverpool FC will be chasing its first ever FIFA Club World Cup title this December, and Optus Sport will be the only place to watch the 11-day tournament exclusively live.
Consistent with its approach of acquiring the most prominent international tournaments and extending its FIFA relationship after the extremely successful coverage of the FIFA Womens World Cup earlier this year, Optus has secured the Australian rights to the FIFA Club World Cup for 2019 and 2020.
The FIFA Club World Cup is an international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nations league champions. For the next two years, the tournament will be hosted by Qatar.
We are extremely pleased to add this tournament to our football schedule and were confident our 700,000 plus Optus Sport active subscribers will enjoy the format, Optus Director of Sport, Richard Bayliss, said.
Broadcasting Liverpools sixth Champions League triumph was a massive moment for Optus Sport, and it will be a privilege for us to show the Reds attempt to overcome the best of South America, Asia, North America and Africa. Brazils Flamengo had a stunning Copa Libertadores win in November, so they too will enter the World Cup in ominous form.
These new rights show our commitment to showing Australians the best clubs from around the world on Optus Sport.
Real Madrid are the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and are the most successful club in the tournaments history with four titles, while this years UEFA Champion Liverpool will appear at its second FIFA Club World Cup, after losing the final in 2005.
Optus Sport will provide every match exclusively live, on-demand, as a mini-match as well as creating various highlight packages across the tournament. The all new in-house, live 90-minute football show, Scores on Sunday, hosted on rotation by Mel McLaughlin, Richard Bayliss and Niav Owens and featuring some of Australias best pundits including Heather Garriock, Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi and Alicia Ferguson will also provide analysis and opinion on the tournament.
The FIFA Club World Cup joins a slate of premium football content on Optus Sport scheduled for the next 12 months, including exclusively live coverage of every Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, in addition to the recently acquired rights to the Barclays FA Womens Super League. This will be followed by the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which will see Optus Sport show all 51 matches live.
ABOUT FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP 2019
The FIFA Club World Cup commences on December 11 in Qatar, with the champion to be crowned on December 21.
Teams competing in the upcoming tournament:
- Host country Al-Sadd Sports Club
- Europe Liverpool
- Africa Esperance Sportive de Tunis
- Asia Al Hilal FC
- North, Central America and Caribbean Monterrey
- Oceania Hienghene Sport
- South America CR Flamengo
2018: Real Madrid
2017: Real Madrid
2016: Real Madrid
2014: Real Madrid
2013: Bayern Munich
2010: Inter Milan
2008: Manchester United
2007: AC Milan
2006: Sport Club Internacional
2005: Sao Paulo
HOW TO WATCH OPTUS SPORT
Watch Optus Sport on the big-screen via Fetch, Apple TV, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox or desktop, or on-the-go via tablet, mobile, or laptop.
Optus Sport* is available as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for no extra cost (data charges may apply). Non-Optus customers and Optus customers ineligible for a monthly subscription may subscribe to Optus Sport for $14.99 per month.
*Optus Sport: Personal viewing in Australia only. Content and features vary by device and sport. Sport coverage is available as long as you remain on an eligible plan and Optus has the rights. Optus Sport is a month-to-month subscription, which will continue until you cancel your subscription, or you move to an ineligible plan.