13 Jul 2010

More Pacific islanders than previously tuned in to World Cup

9:38 pm on 13 July 2010

More football fans across the Oceania region have watched this year's FIFA

World Cup than ever before.

All 64 matches from the tournament in South Africa were broadcast live on free-to-air television in 11 Oceania Football Confederation countries in the Pacific.

Beverley Tse reports.

"In the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, only fans in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and New Caledonia enjoyed comprehensive coverage of all the matches. The free-to-air access in most of the smaller OFC nations was restricted to hour-long highlights packages and only a few full matches. But this time around, the OFC, in collaboration with SBS Australia and Fiji's MAI TV, ensured most viewers from across Oceania could watch all matches live and for free, including Spain's 1-nil win over the Netherlands in the nail-biting final. The General Secretary of the OFC, Tai Nicholas says it's a significant step for the development of football in the region. This is Beverley Tse."