The governing body of the world’s global game, FIFA – the Federation Internationale de Football Association, is getting into streaming. Today they are launching FIFA+.

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This new digital platform will stream 40,000 live games per year from 100 FIFA member associations by the end of 2022. Apparently, it will be free. No word yet on where this leaves the myriad of existing television football rights globally. The English Premier League is widely considered the most-watched, and most valuable league in the world, and the television rights for that are a huge income generator for the teams in that league.

Live coverage will apparently take in everything, from Europe’s top leagues to currently globally little exposed leagues in development regions. This will start with around 1,400 live matches every month.

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There will also be a library of matches from the past, including every World Cup match ever televised in the past, and more than 2,000 hours of archive content. Their service will be rounded out with original shows such as full-length documentaries, docuseries, and talk shows. This type of content will be localized and available in more than eleven languages at launch.

The service will not include the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and live coverage of World Cup games is not thought to be included in the plans.

How long it stays free will remain to be seen.