TVNZ will be providing a feast of extended coverage of international soccer free-to-air this month on TVNZ Sport Extra which can be found on channel 20 of Freeview.
TVNZ Sport Extra will have full, delayed coverage of all the New Zealand games in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, held in Canada. Highlights of the New Zealand games will be broadcast on TV ONE on Saturdays.
In addition, TVNZ Sport Extra will be exclusively offering LIVE
and full replay coverage of all the crucial matches from the
quarter final stages onwards of the AFC Asian Cup, featuring some
of the best teams in the World.
Coverage of the New Zealand team's progress in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup begins today (3 July) with full replays of their opening match against Portugal at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 10:00pm. Replays of New Zealand's other pool games against Gambia (6 July) and Mexico (9 July) will screen at the same times. TVNZ Sport Extra will broadcast free-to-air replays of all New Zealand matches as they advance in the competition.
TVNZ Sport Extra coverage of the AFC Asian Cup begins on Saturday 21 July with LIVE coverage of the first quarterfinal. All subsequent matches in the tournament will be broadcast live. The Asian Cup is being contested by a 16-team field in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The field includes two-time Champions Japan, China, Korea and the Australian Socceroos.
The international soccer coverage will share Freeview channel 20 with TVNZ Sport Extra's current LIVE and uninterrupted coverage with TV ONE of V8 Supercars races. The next round is July 20-22 from Ipswich, Queensland.
TVNZ General Manager of Sport Murray Needham says this month's TVNZ Sport Extra international soccer broadcasts show how Freeview allows TVNZ to cover sport more fully.
"The Freeview platform opens up a world of sporting events to us. Now it's viable for us to broadcast events with significant niche audiences like international soccer and the V8 Supercars in primetime. Expect to see more from TVNZ Sport Extra," he said.
For full details of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and AFC Asian Cup broadcast schedule, visit: tvnz.co.nz, keyword: football
For more information on Freeview go to freeviewnz.tv.
Rachel Lorimer, Senior Publicist - News, Current Affairs, Sport & Talent
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