Football: JFA wants law to ensure free broadcast of national team matches

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima gives an interview online on March 28, 2022. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said on Monday he would ask the government to prepare national legislation that would ensure Japan’s national team matches are shown on online networks. clear.

Japan secured their seventh straight berth in the World Cup final on Thursday by beating Australia 2-0 in Sydney in Group B of the latest Asian qualifiers. The game, however, was only released in Japan via streaming service provider DAZN.

Inflated fees administered by the Asian Football Confederation for broadcast rights to the final qualifying round meant that games away from Japan were only broadcast live by DAZN.

“We need the government to act,” said Tashima, who said the JFA had received complaints.

He cited Britain, where high-demand sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics must be broadcast on free-to-air services.

“The most disappointing thing is that kids don’t get a chance to watch,” Tashima said.

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