AFC and FPT Telecom sign exclusive media rights deal for AFC’s major national team and club competitions in Vietnam
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today agreed that telecommunications giant FPT Telecom will be their new media partner in Vietnam from 2021 to 2024. FPT Telecom secured the AFC rights through a competitive tender process, which had been launched by the AFC and Football Marketing Asia (FMA) in September 2019.
FPT Telecom’s deal includes all major AFC national team and club competitions, including but not limited to the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the AFC U23 Asian Cup Finals 2022 and 2024, the AFC Champions League and the hugely popular AFC Cup from the 2021 season onwards.
FPT Telecom will provide extensive coverage of Vietnamese national team and club matches as well as all neutral matches through various offerings including their FPT TV (Truyền hình FPT) and FPT Play services.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “We are delighted with this new partnership in Vietnam, a country which has a real passion for football. We have seen in recent years the remarkable improvement in the Vietnam national teams at all levels and this has generated even more excitement and interest in the country. Once again this deal demonstrates the value of the AFC’s competitions and we thank FPT Telecom for the confidence they have shown in the future of Asian football by entering into this agreement.”
Mr. Hoang Viet Anh, Chief Executive Officer of FPT Telecom, said: “FPT Telecom is proud to acquire the exclusive media rights to the most prestigious football competitions in Asia from 2021 to 2024. This is an effort to offer our customers the most diverse high-quality content as well as an outstanding user experience. FPT Telecom will accompany football fans all over the country through dramatic matches and attractive fixtures of AFC’s major national team and club competitions, by covering all Vietnam national team and club matches across various channels and digital platforms.”
Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO at Football Marketing Asia, said: “We are proud to bring FPT Telecom on board as the new AFC media partner for the upcoming cycle in Vietnam. The deal will ensure that football fans in Vietnam are able to access high quality AFC competition programming, benefiting from FPT Telecom’s innovative services. We are confident that they will be a great partner to further build AFC’s national team and club competitions in Vietnam, one of Asian football’s most passionate territories.”
About the AFC
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA. Formed in 1954 in Manila the AFC was sanctioned by FIFA in Berne, Switzerland on June 21 of that year. The AFC has headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and consists of 47 Member Associations.
About Football Marketing Asia
Football Marketing Asia (FMA) is the exclusive commercial partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the rights cycles 2021-2024 and 2025-2028. Formerly known as DDMC Fortis, FMA – a Super Sports company – is headquartered in Hong Kong S.A.R., with offices in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China. FMA combines unparalleled global football experience with in-depth Asian know-how and expertise.