OneSoccer Expected To Expand Nation’s League Coverage
After making the jump from the Canadian Premier League to OneSoccer, it’s safe to say Kurt Larson is more informed regarding the goings-on of Canadian football than most. The OneSoccer analyst – who is also MEDIAPRO Canada’s head of content – recently featured on an episode of the Nine Stripes Podcast, chatting all things CPL and OneSoccer with hosts Eric Pronio and Vince Alvarado.
One of the more interesting revelations from the interview was Kurt’s expectation that OneSoccer will soon be expanding its overage of national teams. The global streaming service currently streams all home matches for the Canadian national team, but Larson indicates that OneSoccer will soon be covering other countries when it comes to Nation’s League action:
There’s going to be some announcements surrounding the Nations League coming up. We all know OneSoccer has the rights for Canada’s home games, but I think you’re going to see us broadcasting a lot more of those Nation’s League games than just Canada’s games.Kurt Larson
Kurt stopped shy of offering a specific date on when fans can expect to hear an update regarding OneSoccer’s increased coverage of the Nation’s League, but it’s exciting to hear that the streaming service is continuing its rapid pace of expansion. The service recently added both the Chinese Super League and Liga MX to its catalogue, providing the extra streams at no additional cost to subscribers.
Interestingly, Larson also said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see OneSoccer cover more of the women’s game in the next few years, too. With the streaming service set to cover League1 Ontario matches next year, it might make sense to begin streaming League1 Ontario women’s games, since the infrastructure for streaming will already be implemented at the respective clubs’ home grounds.
TSN just recently announced a deal with NWSL. That was a little interesting bit there, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see OneSoccer try to grow its profile in regard’s to the Women’s Game in a few years.Kurt Larson
Canadian Premier League comissioner David Clanachan had previously stated that things were already ‘further along than he expected’ when it came to the creation of a Women’s CPL, suggesting that it could be built off of the pre-existing League1 Ontario women’s league. The provincial league was officially acquired by the Canadian Premier League back in November.
Whatever happens in the future, it’s fair to say that OneSoccer will keep expanding: the streaming service is rumoured to be considering adding European leagues to its growing roster of offerings, and the expansion of Nation’s League coverage will be a good draw for fans, too.
After CONCACAF’s recent changes to World Cup qualification, Canada’s upcoming Nation’s League fixtures will be more important than ever. Canada will square off against Cuba and the USA with both home and away matchups, with both home fixtures taking place at BMO Field this fall.
OneSoccer offers a free month subscription to fans interested in trying out the service. As of right now, it’ll be the only way to catch the Canadian Championship finals between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact this September.
The episode of the Nine Stripes Podcast which featured Larson’s interview also covered other topics, and also featured York9 FC defender Steven Furlano as a guest. Interested fans can listen to the full episode here.
Source: Nine Stripes Podcast