Record 800 million to tune in for Asian Cup

A record 800 million football fans from more than 120 countries are expected to watch AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, which kicks offin Melbourne on Friday (January 9).

Australian fans will be able to watch all 32 matches of the biggest football tournament ever staged Down Under live in HD on FOX SPORTS.

ABC TV will broadcast all Socceroos group matches on two-hour delay and finals games live (if they qualify).

Football fans throughout the rest of Asia, North Africa, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand, USA and Canada will also receive live coverage of the 23-day tournament culminating in the Final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.

The Socceroos will play their  group matches in Melbourne (vs Kuwait in the tournament opener on January 9),  Sydney (vs Oman, January 13) and Brisbane (vs Korea Republic, January 17)  as they  vie for a place in the Quarter-finals (Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney, January 22-23) and Semi-finals (Sydney, January 26 and Newcastle, January 27).

AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay said the time zone of the matches being played was a major factor behind the anticipated record television audience.

“The tournament is being played in a time zone similar to the largest Asian markets of East Asia while the participation of nine West Asian countries gives us confidence of the expected TV audience,” he said.

“The AFC Asian Cup has grown in stature in all aspects over the last 15 editions and I am confident that this edition will break all records in terms of attendance and television viewership.”

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