WATCHLOI will be showcased at a media event later today in Fuel Studios on Camden Street, Dublin. It is the league's first-ever streaming service which will deliver SSE Airtricity League Premier Division football to all supporters in Ireland and around the world. Finn Harps season ticket holders will receive season passes free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply, and also let us know whether you want to attend home games in person where possible and whether there are any other season ticket holders you wish to be grouped with.
The Football Association of Ireland and RTE Sport, in collaboration with GAAGO, have partnered to deliver a world class streaming platform which will guarantee supporters can watch the #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld wherever they are on watchloi.ie.
Each Premier Division fixture, as well as selected Extra.ie FAI Cup matches, will be live streamed with RTE Sport's cameras and commentary team set to create a fantastic production for supporters to enjoy.
Season passes went on sale this morning on the watchloi.ie platform at just €55 for supporters in Ireland and €69 for the rest of the world. It will be the perfect way for supporters to support their club with revenue created set to go to each club and with over 55+ matches set to be on the platform, it is also great value.
The SSE Airtricity League is set to restart on Friday, July 31 with Derry City v Sligo Rovers to be the first match streamed on the platform, kick-off at 5.45pm.
"We're absolutely delighted to launch our new streaming service, WATCHLOI," said FAI Commercial & Marketing Director Mark Russell.
"Working with RTE Sport and GAAGO will guarantee that we will have a best-in-class product which SSE Airtricity League supporters will be able to enjoy around the world.
"Especially with COVID-19 restrictions, this is the ideal time to launch this service but with the revenue it will generate for the clubs, this is also a major moment for the league and a fantastic opportunity to promote and enhance the domestic game in Ireland."
Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: "In these uncertain times, when dedicated fans are unable to attend games in large numbers, we are delighted to bring the games directly to them via WatchLOI.
"This is a chance for the whole of the Irish footballing family to get behind the SSE Airtricity League and lend their support in every way to the clubs as the heartbeat of the association."
Finn Harps director Aidan McNelis said “With such limited numbers able to attend games we’re delighted to see WATCHLOI being launched to give all fans a chance to watch our games. It has been a horrible time, but the Harps community has pulled together once again to get us through it, so it’s hugely important there’s a way for our loyal supporters to follow the campaign. We can’t wait to get under way again on August 1st.”
Sign up today here: https://www.watchloi.ie/
Frequently Asked Questions:
• How much is the FAI making from this?
€0, the FAI is covering all production costs and all revenue from the platform will be split between the clubs.
• I only want to watch my club; can I just buy a club pass?
No, currently you can purchase a season pass which will give you access to all league matches shown on the platform or you can purchase access on a match-by-match basis for just €5.
• Will every league match be shown on the platform?
On the Island of Ireland, all matches apart from those shown live on Eir Sport are available via the platform. Outside the Island of Ireland, every match is available.
• Will the matches that are shown live on EirSport be available to watch in Northern Ireland?
Yes, you will be able to watch them via EirSport. They will not be available on WATCHLOI.
• I am a season ticket holder for my club, do I have to pay?
Please contact your club in relation to this.
• Is the current league fixture list correct?
No, the time and day of matches will be reviewed constantly to best suit streaming, live TV and the clubs. Fixtures have been set for the first few weeks and the following weeks will be reviewed in due course.
• I am not based on the Island of Ireland, do I still pay €55.
No, you will pay €69 or $79USD as you will have access to more matches than those in Ireland.
• How many cameras will be at each game?
Unless the match is also being broadcast on TV, there will most likely be one camera at each match, but some games will have a two-camera setup.
• Who are the commentators?
The commentators are being provided by RTÉ and most will be easily recognizable to league fans.
• Will matches be available for catchup on the platform?
Yes all matches will be available until after the end of the season.
• Can I access my account from any device?
• Can I watch on mobile?
• If I live in Ireland and I travel abroad, can I still access my account?
Yes, you will have access for what you signed up for.
For further FAQ’s and technical information please visit this link - https://help.watchloi.ie/support/home