One World Sports to Stream Asian World Cup Qualifiers
ONE World Sports will offer exclusive, live coverage of the World Cup Asian qualifiers nationwide on three separate days of competition in June with a special broadband preview of the network.
By providing free streaming, ONE World Sports enables 81 million broadband households and the rapidly growing number of sports fans watching content on mobile devices to experience the world-class, live competitions that are the network’s hallmarks.
The final stage of Round 4 of the Asian qualifiers—a series of critical matches on June 4, 11 and 18 that determines four of the possible five regional participants in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil—will be streamed free of charge via oneworldsports.com. Taking advantage of its multi-platform program rights, ONE World Sports will expand its exclusive coverage of the qualifying games to sports fans across the country.
“We wanted to provide easy access for fans to sample the network’s live games with the World Cup qualifiers games,” explained Alexander “Sandy” Brown, president and CEO of ONE World Sports. “Opening up our channel on the web gives viewers a chance to see compelling action that they can’t see anywhere else, which is just a small part of the network’s 2,400 hours of unduplicated sports.”
On Tuesday, June 4, ONE World Sports will live stream online via its website, oneworldsports.com, the following games:
Japan vs. Australia 6:30 a.m. EDT (live)
Oman vs. Iraq 9 a.m. EDT (live)
Lebanon vs. South Korea 1:30 p.m. EDT (live)
Qatar vs. Iran 3:30 p.m. EDT (delayed)
On Tuesday, June 11, ONE World Sports will live stream online:
Australia vs. Jordan 5 a.m. EDT (live)
South Korea vs. Uzbekistan 7 a.m. EDT (live)
Iraq vs. Japan 10:30 a.m. EDT (live)
Iran vs. Lebanon 12:30 p.m. EDT (delayed)
On Tuesday, June 18, ONE World Sports will live stream online:
Australia vs. Iraq 5:30 a.m. EDT (live)
South Korea vs. Iran 8 a.m. EDT (live)
Uzbekistan vs. Qatar 10 a.m. EDT (delayed)
Jordan vs. Oman 12 p.m. EDT (live)
The Asian World Cup qualification process began in 2011 with 43 national teams. Asian teams are vying for four guaranteed spots in the 2014 World Cup—two from each of its qualifying groups. The third place teams in each qualifying group will go into a playoff for the right to face a country from South America for another spot at the World Cup.
The Japan vs. Australia game will draw particularly feverish interest in this round of qualifiers. Japan will be fighting to clinch the top spot of its qualifying group, while Australia hopes to muscle past Jordan for the group’s second automatic-qualifying spot.