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Watch the USWNT at the 2013 Algarve Cup
- Updated: February 5, 2013
The U.S.Women’s National Team (soccer) finished 2012 ranked number one in the world. The new year begins a new era for the USWNT as they will be led by newly appointed head coach Tom Sermanni. The team will play two warm-up matches against Scotland, ironically the native country of Sermanni, before they travel to the Algarve, the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. It will be the first test for Sermanni with his new squad.
The Algarve Cup is an annual, invitational soccer tournament held in Portugal. It is recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the women’s game.
Al Bann Media are the exclusive global broadcasters for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) games of the 20th Algarve Cup, to be played March 6, 8, 11, 13, 2013.
Al Bann is pushing and asking for assistance to bring this coverage. I spoke to Don Bann, director this morning, and they needed pledges from close 21,000 backers to able to bring the event to us in the United States.
They need just over $203,000 (USD) to enable us to fulfil this project and bring you the coverage of the four USWNT games. The money raised will be used to fund filming, broadcasting rights, website and staffing costs. They are very close to the tournament, which is why we have given this a short turn around.
The coverage isn’t region restricted, so fans worldwide can watch each game.
The four games played by the USWNT would be broadcast un-interrupted online, in High Definition. The USWNT will play China, Iceland and Sweden, as well as a final playoff match.
Viewers have the option of watching on their computer, iOS or Android device, or Internet-enabled television, via a dedicated website to be launched at a later date.
Each match and exclusive features will be available to watch on demand. Match commentary and analysis will be provided by Sarah Walsh, the retired captain of the Australian Women’s National Team, and Alicia Ferguson, also a former Australian National Team player. The matches will also be accompanied by a pre and post match show, featuring discussion, analysis and features.
There will be a small fee for the broadcasts, which will be streamed on Al Bann’s dedicated website. The viewing packages will be available on a per-game basis or as a complete tournament package. The entire tournament package includes all three group matches, as well as the placement game. The prices for the packages are $9.99 for the whole tournament (all four games) and $3.49 for individual games. Active U.S. Military will be entitled to a price reduction. Each package will have a number of “credits” for video extras and interviews that will be released as the tournament progresses. Fans will be able to begin purchasing the games starting March 1.
As a huge backer of the women’s game let’s do all we can get these games up to watch. Please share this and spread word, the deadline is Thursday at 1 PM EST.
Don Bann of Al Bann Media