As Australia’s Socceroos prepare to make their first-ever appearance in the CONMEBOL Copa America 2020 tournament, Optus Sport has announced the acquisition of Australian media rights to the South American competition.
With UEFA Euro 2020 already slated for June and July on Optus Sport, the broadcast schedule has exploded with the addition of the Copa America 2020.
The Copa America, which is the oldest international football competition, is the main men’s football tournament in South America to determine the South American national champion.
Since 1993, two teams from other confederations have been invited to play and in 2020, the Socceroos will make their first appearance, along with Qatar.
“We are really pleased to be the home of every match of the Copa America tournament and to showcase the Socceroos on their quest against the best teams from South America,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content, Corin Dimopoulos, said.
“Optus Sport continues to grow and attract new content; with an active subscribing base of over 825,000 and other recent rights acquisitions including the FA Women’s Super League and the J.League.
“From Lionel Messi and Neymar in the Copa America to Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé in Euro 2020, what was already a big year for OptusSport has now become a whole lot bigger.
The Socceroos have been drawn in Group A, which will see them take on hosts Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay.
Their first match is scheduled for June 14, with exact match details still to be announced.
“To watch Australia play in such an amazing tournament against high-quality opposition will be a brilliant experience, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing the rivalry with Uruguay reignite,” former Socceroo and Optus Sport expert, Mark Schwarzer, said.
“It’s going to be a feast of the best football on the planet across June and July, and I can’t wait to be part of the team that brings viewers our really exciting coverage of both Euro 2020 and the Copa America.”
Optus Sport will confirm coverage and hosting details for both CONMEBOL Copa America 2020 and UEFA Euro 2020 after both the Copa schedule is released and the four remaining playoff positions for UEFA Euro 2020 are filled.