The world’s future football superstars are coming to New Zealand to showcase their sublime skills and SKY Sport will be there to capture every moment of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.
The 52-game event is being hosted in New Zealand for the first time, with matches spread across the country, and SKY Sport has LIVE coverage of every game of the star-studded tournament.
“Hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup is a huge deal for New Zealand, and being able to screen every match will give customers a great opportunity to enjoy another world-class event on SKY Sport,” said Richard Last, SKY’s Director of Sport.
“The event will feature the future superstars of the most popular sport in the world – and it’s fantastic we’re able to experience another international sporting event so soon after the hugely-successful ICC Cricket World Cup.”
The FIFA U-20 World Cup has been a launching pad for some of the biggest names in world football. Previous U-20 events have kick-started the careers of Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.
Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Dave Beeche says having every game live on television is fantastic news for the tournament.
“SKY has proven to be one of the best in the business when it comes to broadcasting live sport, and we’re very excited to have them on board for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
“Our goal is to fill the stadiums, and would encourage fans to get in quick if they want to experience the thrill of the game live in the stadium environment, however, we appreciate that even the most committed fans will struggle to get to every game, so we’re delighted SKY are covering the entire event,” said Mr Beeche.
FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson said: “FIFA is delighted to be working with SKY Sport in New Zealand to broadcast and promote the FIFA U-20 World Cup this year. The FIFA U-2O World Cup showcases the very best in young talent in the game – this is where fans get to see the stars of the future.
“FIFA believes the staging of this major tournament and SKY’s dedicated, world-class coverage of the matches will raise the profile of football in New Zealand to a new level and inspire a whole new generation of players and fans.”
SKY’s coverage starts with the opening match between New Zealand and Ukraine at North Harbour Stadium, on Saturday 30 May.
Fans can also enjoy the FIFA U-20 World Cup free-to-air on Prime, starting with live coverage of the opening match between New Zealand and Ukraine. Once the tournament kicks off, Prime has highlights of all the action on the field and delayed coverage of New Zealand matches and the final. Full broadcast details will be released closer to the event.