Tournament Chairman, Victor Leonard, centre, with BBC Sport NI’s Stephen Watson, left, and Thomas Kane.
BBC Sport NI’s agreement with this summer’s STATSports SuperCupNI is heading for extra time with more live games than ever.
The broadcaster has enhanced its coverage and will show 22 live games from the tournament on the BBC Sport NI website bbc.co.uk/sportni and on the BBC Sport App.
The multi-platform deal kicks-off with live coverage of the prestigious showpiece opener – the U21 challenge match between Manchester United and Rangers at the Coleraine Showgrounds on Saturday, July 27.
This summer’s coverage of the STATSports SuperCupNI will include two finals and five semi-finals within 35 hours of live coverage over seven days, across six different venues – keeping fans across the globe up-to-date with the prestigious youth soccer tournament.
This year’s event will again attract some of the best youth soccer teams from the UK and around the world including Manchester United, Arsenal, Rangers, Celtic, Leeds and Valencia.
Eddie Doyle, Head of Content Production BBC Northern Ireland said:
“It’s a reflection of our commitment to this tournament that we’re enhancing our coverage. The competition’s pedigree seems to improve every year and it’s one of those events that is part of the summer sporting calendar here. So it’s great for us to showcase the emerging talent and potential stars of the future to audiences locally and around the world.”
Tournament Chairman, Victor Leonard, said:
“The success of STATSports SupercupNI depends so much on the coverage which is given to the Tournament and we are delighted to have the BBC as our broadcast partners this year. The number of games being increased to 22 broadcast live ‘online’, means that more people round the world will be able to follow one of the foremost World youth football tournaments, while it takes place here in Northern Ireland.”
The action starts with live coverage of the Rangers – Manchester United curtain-raiser on Saturday, July 27 which will be streamed live on bbc.co.uk/sportni and on the BBC Sport App.