Kickoff: Original Melbourne Derby to Launch 2024 Football Season:

Kickoff: Original Melbourne Derby to Launch 2024 Football Season:

News by Sports Reporter

The countdown has begun! Season 2024 of football will commence with the Original Melbourne Derby on Thursday, February 8, as South Melbourne welcomes the Melbourne Knights to Lakeside Stadium.

This match marks the start of over 350 games scheduled to be streamed live on the NPL Victoria YouTube channel throughout the season. The lineup includes:

  • All 187 NPLM matches
  • All 135 NPLW matches
  • Selected VPLM and VPLW matches
  • Dockerty Cup Finals (play-off, semi-finals, final)
  • Nike F.C. Cup Finals (quarters, semi-finals, final)
  • Australia Cup matches (Rounds 6 & 7)

Following the voluntary administration of Clutch Pty Ltd. in 2023 and the deactivation of NPL.TV, which had been the home of NPL streaming for the past two years, the transition to YouTube was initiated.

Notably, major cup matches and Cup and Finals matches have consistently been broadcast on YouTube alongside NPL.TV. This shift aims to provide a seamless user experience for fans and clubs already accustomed to the platform.

Dan Birrell, FV Executive Manager of Football Operations, expressed the FV team’s enthusiasm for offering an accessible option to the football community.

“Ensuring our top-tier competitions remain free to watch and accessible for our community is our top priority. YouTube provides an easy user experience, is reliable, and compatible with every mainstream device,” he stated.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer live streaming as an option, but it’s important for everyone in the football community to also attend games, enjoy the atmosphere, and support local clubs.”

With the men’s season kickstarting the top-tier action, fans can anticipate the highly awaited 2024 NPLW Victoria opener, as Box Hill United hosts newly promoted Brunswick Juventus on Friday, March 15.

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