19 May 2010

Free coverage of Football World cup will boost game in Pacific says Sols football

10:25 am on 19 May 2010

Free-to-air coverage of the Football World Cup is expected to give the game a huge boost in the Pacific region.

14 countries in the Pacific have been granted rights and delivery for the tournament at no cost, with the countries able to view all 64 matches live.

The deal was brokered by Mai TV in Fiji through FIFA and Special Broadcasting Services Australia, with Television New Zealand the satellite partner.

Football is the number one sport in Solomon Islands.

The general secretary for the Solomon Islands Football Federation, Eddie Ngava says he expects the country will come to a halt when the tournament begins.

"There will be a lot of people really staying back home to watch, the other thing is that in the Solomon's not all people have TV so it will be having families gathering in one home to see what they can see from available TVs around. Also it has just been highlighted to us that the places in the provinces, other than the capital, will be able to have access to that so therefore a lot more people will be watching."

Eddie Ngava says the Solomon's traditionally supports Brazil and England but this year support will also go to the Oceania qualifying teams, New Zealand and Australia.