MEDIAPRO Canada picks up rights to SheBelieves Cup and Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifiers
The six-game tournament will be held at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, with Canada due to play the USA on Thursday February 18th, followed by matches against Argentina on the 21st and Brazil on the 24th; the tournament winner will be determined by total points. The event represents a unique double for the Canadian women: it is their first participation in the SheBelieves Cup, billed as the ‘most elite four-team international tournament in women’s soccer’ and it marks incoming Head Coach Bev Priestman’s debut at the helm of the national team.
In March, Canadian soccer fans will be able to tune in to OneSoccer to watch Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team in action at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament as they battle to secure a place in the postponed Tokyo Symmer Olympic Games. The tournament, for U-23 players in line with Olympic regulations, will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from March 18th to 30th. Eight national teams have been drawn into two groups of four, with Canada in Group B together with Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti; the squad will kick off its Olympic quest with its first match against El Salvador on Friday March 19th. Both semi-final winners will qualify for the Men’s Olympic tournament in Tokyo.
Oscar López, CEO of MEDIAPRO Canada, commented that “adding these national team tournaments to our expanding portfolio of soccer properties will provide our viewers with a welcome schedule of live content as we gear up for the start of the 2021 Canadian Premier League season in May. Our commitment to becoming a go-to source for soccer coverage in Canada continues in 2021." The SheBelieves Cup and the Concacaf Men’s Olympic qualifiers join OneSoccer’s growing stable of leagues and tournaments after Mediapro Canada acquired the rights to French Ligue 1 matches featuring Canada Soccer Men’s National Team star Jonathan David’s Lille OSC. OneSoccer is also the Canadian home of Mexico’s LigaMX, the Spanish women’s Primera División, the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the Concacaf Nations League, and of course the Canadian Premier League, the Canadian Championship and the home games of Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
About MEDIAPRO Canada: MEDIAPRO Canada is a full-service company offering mobiles, air-packs, REMI capability, AutomaticTV automated sports production, crewing, studios and a complete rentals department from its Toronto, Canada headquarters. Its newly-expanded fleet of seven Outside Broadcast units includes Odyssey, the first mid-size 4K mobile in North America, and Alto, a 53′ fully equipped expando mobile, capable of 14 cameras and 4 EVS systems. Mediapro Group entered the Canadian broadcast services market in April of 2019 as part of its global expansion drive.
MEDIAPRO Group is a leading global production, distribution and content creation group with 58 offices in 36 countries around the world. It operates a fleet of over 80 High Definition and 4K Outside Broadcast units and produces live coverage of more than 12,000 events around the world each year.
The Group is currently involved in the production of 17 national soccer leagues around the world, including Spain’s LaLiga, France’s Ligue1, the Belgian ProLeague, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Turkish Süper Lig, the Kenyan Premier League and Mexico’s LigaMX; it also produces events for the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, FIBA events, the Euroleague and Formula 1. MEDIAPRO also manages the global media rights to Spain’s LaLiga Santander and produces more than 15 TV channels worldwide, including several specialty sports channels.
Early in 2019, MEDIAPRO sealed a long-term partnership with Canadian Soccer Business for the worldwide media rights to the Canadian Premier League, the country’s new first division soccer league; the Canadian Championship, Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition, involving all professional soccer clubs in Canada; and the home games of Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams, and launched OneSoccer, a dedicated soccer service available worldwide across all connected devices.