A new era for Canadian soccer broadcasting will be ushered in this Sunday, March 24th with live coverage of the final round of the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, pitting the Canadian Men’s National Team against French Guiana.
The game, which will kick off at Vancouver’s BC Place at 3pm local time, will be produced for live domestic and international broadcast by MEDIAPRO, the global media company which recently sealed a long-term media partnership with Canadian Soccer Business (CSB).
MEDIAPRO will produce the national signal for TSN, the Canadian sports network, as well as the international feed for Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central American and the Caribbean, which is distributing the signal to rights holders around the world.
Sunday’s game will be the first of more than 2500 games that MEDIAPRO will cover live over the course of its 10-year agreement with CSB, for distribution on a range of media outlets.
The TV production team for this weekend’s game comprises an experienced director and producer duo from British Columbia, along with a range of local operators and technicians, who will draw from MEDIAPRO’s 25 years of television production expertise, including 15 years of producing live coverage for Spain’s LaLiga Santander and numerous other high-profile soccer leagues and tournaments across the globe.
The TV coverage for the Canada vs French Guiana game will use state-of the art technology, with large lenses that capture every detail and all of the action, together with digital instant replay and super slow-motion systems, Polecam, Steadicam, Netcams and more.
MEDIAPRO will bring similar standards of live production to all Canadian Premier League matches over the next 10 years – beginning with the CPL season opener on April 27th at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, when Forge FC takes on York9 FC in a match dubbed the 905 Derby, in reference to the telephone area code shared by residents of Hamilton and the York region.
Oscar López, CEO of MEDIAPRO Canada, said that the live television coverage of the Canada vs French Guiana game on Sunday marks the start of a new era that will drive a growing national passion for the game in the lead-up to the launch of the CPL next month.
“We are looking forward to bringing our own passion for the game and our years of technical experience in producing the highest quality of live game coverage to the Canadian market.”
A win or draw will be enough for Canada to qualify for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A, joining already-qualified nations Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and USA.
Among the 34 qualifying nations, Canada are in third place as one of six nations with nine perfect points after three wins.
Following this weekend’s matches, the Draw for 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League will take place on 27 March while the Draw for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will take place on 10 April
The Canadian Men’s National Team’s final matchup against French Guiana in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying (March 24 at BC Place in Vancouver) will be broadcast on TSN2 and RDS Info at 18:00 ET/15:00 PT.