Sky Network Television Limited will provide exclusive coverage of
the AFC’s major national team and club competitions in New Zealand
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today announced Sky Network Television Limited (Sky) as their new media partner in New Zealand. The two-year deal from 2021 to 2022 includes the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to QatarTM, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022TM, as well as the AFC Champions LeagueTM featuring Asia’s top forty clubs.
Sky Network Television Limited, one of the biggest broadcasting companies in New Zealand, offers pay television services, media streaming services and broadband internet services. With the addition of the AFC competitions, Sky rounds up its premium sport content portfolio including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, the German Bundesliga, and the Italian Serie A.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “The AFC is pleased to welcome Sky Network Television Limited to the AFC’s ever-growing family of valued media and broadcast partners, which once again underlines the appeal and stature of the AFC’s world-class competitions.
“We thank Sky Network Television Limited for their belief in the future of Asian football and the AFC remains committed towards expanding the reach of our competitions not only in Asia but all across the globe.”
Adam Crothers, Head of Sport Partnerships, Sky New Zealand said “Sky New Zealand is very excited to confirm the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to QatarTM, the AFC Champions LeagueTM and the AFC Women’s Asian CupTM for our extensive football roster.
“As we head toward the world’s two largest tournaments, the FIFA World Cup events for men (2022) and women (2023), which will both be broadcast by Sky in Aotearoa, these AFC competitions are essential viewing for the true football fan. We’re delighted Kiwis will be able to catch all the action on their Sky Box and streaming wherever they are on Sky Sport Now.”
Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO at Football Marketing Asia, added: “We are thrilled to have Sky Network Television Limited join our global family of valued AFC media partners. We are confident that Sky will deliver an exceptional football entertainment experience to fans across New Zealand, and we are looking forward to working with Sky’s teams to further drive the popularity of and engagement with AFC football in the country.”
About the AFC
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA. Established in 1954, the AFC is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and comprises 47 Member Associations. The AFC organises the AFC Asian CupTM and the AFC Women’s Asian CupTM, which are the flagship Continental national team competitions, while the AFC Champions LeagueTM is the premier competition for Asian clubs, drawing millions of fans to the beautiful game across the length and breadth of the Continent and beyond.
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 (excluding (i) Japan in the case of media and certain sponsorship rights; and (ii) MENA in the case of media rights). FMA is headquartered in Hong Kong S.A.R., with offices in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China PR. FMA combines unparalleled global football experience with in-depth Asian know-how and expertise.