Mediapro Corrals Rights to the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League in Canada
Mediapro has secured the media rights in Canada to the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League, the new three-tier men’s national team competition involving all 41 Concacaf (North and Central America and the Caribbean) Member Associations.
The 102 group stage matches, including Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s two home and two away matches, as well as the Final Championship (two semi-finals, the 3rd place match and the Final), will be aired on OneSoccer, the 24/7 digital platform devoted to delivering world-class dedicated Canadian soccer coverage and content. All Canada games will be enhanced by live studio pre-, half-time and post-match shows, together with interviews, features and other content.
Canada qualified for League A, the top tier of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, after posting a perfect 4-0 record in the 34-nation qualifying round, finishing second to Haiti, and will meet Cuba and the USA in Group A over four matches played from September through November. The winner of each of the four League A groups will progress to the Final Championship, which will be played in June 2020.
The action begins on Thursday September 5th with the opening match between League C teams US Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Canada’s first match will kick off two days later, on September 7th, at BMO Field in Toronto, as against Caribbean opponent Cuba. Canada defeated Cuba 7-0 in the recent Concacaf Gold Cup tournament, with hat-tricks from Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini and an early second-half goal from Junior Hoilett.
Following the away match against Cuba on September 10th, Canada will return to BMO Field to take on the USA, which fell 1-0 to Mexico in last month’s Gold Cup final.
OneSoccer subscribers will be able to view all Concacaf Nations League matches at no extra charge, adding to a growing portfolio that includes over 100 Canadian Premier League matches, all 24 Canadian Championship matches and all the home matches of the Canada Soccer’s Women’s and Men’s National Teams. OneSoccer’s international portfolio now includes two weekly matches from the Chinese Super League, one of Asia’s top domestic soccer leagues, live coverage of the Chinese FA Cup from the quarter-finals on, and two weekly matches from LigaMX, Mexico’s top-tier soccer league.
OneSoccer also airs a wide range of complementary programming, including its weekly League in Review highlights show hosted by popular sports broadcaster Andi Petrillo as well as Kickoff Countdown, an insightful and irreverent league preview panel show fronted by soccer pundit Kurt Larson. From October, OneSoccer will boost its weekly grid with additional original content, including daily news programs, mid-week magazine shows, interviews, features and other formats.