Galway United unveil paid streaming service for home games in defiance of FAI ban

Fri, Jul 31 2020

United goalkeeper Kevin Horgan in action during 2019. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Galway United will make Friday night’s return to league action against Cabinteely available for paid streaming in defiance of an FAI ban on charging to stream second-tier games.

The Tribesmen will make each of their eight remaining home league games available to purchase both individually and as a season-long package.

Extratime.com revealed on Wednesday that the FAI had issued a directive to First Division clubs that they may only stream games if they are provided free of charge.

This is in contrast to the FAI’s own LOIWatch platform, which will see Premier Division games made available for streaming at the association’s expense.

All 19 clubs across the two leagues will share the income from WatchLOI but some First Division clubs had already invested in new broadcasting equipment at their own expense.

Just 53 fans will be allowed inside Eamonn Deacy Park when the league returns tomorrow due to government limiting attendance at sporting events to 200, including players and staff.

The club have already provided season ticket-holders with a streaming link for all the games, while non-season ticket-holders can pay €5 a game or €30 for the season.

Small public establishments have the option of purchasing a broadcast license for €20 per game, while larger establishments can opt for the €50 option, both on the honours system.

Streaming passes for Galway United’s First Division games can be purchased here. A full list of terms can be found here.